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ROCKS + RUBBERMAID TUB + T5's + PURPLE UP

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So I bought some BRS reef saver rocks and ended up using like 1/3 of the rocks I ordered. So I am going to try to cure them with coraline algae in a small rubbermaid tub I have. Ill see what works and doesn't work and will post my opinion as it progresses. PLEASE let me know if there is anything else I should do.

 

All I am running is:

 

4 T5 bulbs 2 atinic blue 2 daylight

1 maxijet powerhead

Purple up dosing

 

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Cool experiment, just make sure you seed the rocks with a few scrapings of coralline algae in the beginning, be interesting to see if it takes off.

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You need to introduce coraline if you want coraline

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are you going to be having a control test?

 

cant really compare if you dont have anything to compare to

 

could be a fun science fair project B)

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Without livestock, consumption shouldn't be an issue with this setup (until coralline growth takes off). Also boost the magnesium and alkalinity levels. It'd be nice if you posted your calcium, magnesium, and alkalinity levels. Maybe test at least once a week and let us know how much and what you dosed.

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I'm very close to starting the same thing.

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I'm very close to starting the same thing.

make sure you start a control test so we can see the difference in the two

 

thx

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I'm not performing an experiment.

I know it works.

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I'm not performing an experiment.

I know it works.

never said it didnt work, I just wanted to know the difference

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I'm not motivated enough to perform a verifiable experiment using separate but identical processes.

 

Perhaps the OP is.

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Are you in for 10000$?

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I will run a test today and post up my parameters.

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Your welcome. This is a test to replicate what I did.

 

However I sun cured my rocks in 5 gallon buckets. Dosed 5ml a day. Also I used uncured live rock instead of dry. No water changes. Cure time was 3 months. Purple up contains alk mag and calcium and there is no livestock involved or fear of a crash. Also scrape every patch of coralline you can as often as you can with a razor blade it will spread faster.

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Your welcome. This is a test to replicate what I did.

 

However I sun cured my rocks in 5 gallon buckets. Dosed 5ml a day. Also I used uncured live rock instead of dry. No water changes. Cure time was 3 months. Purple up contains alk mag and calcium and there is no livestock involved or fear of a crash. Also scrape every patch of coralline you can as often as you can with a razor blade it will spread faster.

 

Well Deckoz I took some of my live rock out in my tank and threw it in the tub as well. Some of it is dry rock and some of it is live but with a hair of coraline algae on it. Does the tub look ok? Should I dose everyday too or...?

 

And one last thing, I don't need to check the levels of the water do i?

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You're doing this just as an experiment right? Not trying to pre-purple your rock before you put it in your display?

 

Coralline is pretty temperamental in my experience and just because its purple when its introduced doesn't mean its going to stay that way. A change in parameters or lighting will have a definite impact on it.

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I dosed every day - noob style like the directions say haha it can't hurt anything. I never checked params except the last weeks coming into putting the display tank up. Ammonia nitrite nitrate. I did throw a cube of my sis in once a week to keep the cycle going.. tub looks absolutely fine. Its good your using some rock with coralline on it. Take a razor and scrape off as much as you can into the water...coralline also since your doing it inside with a light. If I'm not mistaken there are no I'll effects when lighting coralline 24/7. So potentially you can double your growth rate

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I dosed every day - noob style like the directions say haha it can't hurt anything. I never checked params except the last weeks coming into putting the display tank up. Ammonia nitrite nitrate. I did throw a cube of my sis in once a week to keep the cycle going.. tub looks absolutely fine. Its good your using some rock with coralline on it. Take a razor and scrape off as much as you can into the water...coralline also since your doing it inside with a light. If I'm not mistaken there are no I'll effects when lighting coralline 24/7. So potentially you can double your growth rate

 

Yeah well the rocks with a little coraline is very minimal so I expect it to take some time to lift off. Everyone that hasn't done this is freaking me out saying this and that. And, here we stand with you that has actually done it actually giving me informative advice lol.

 

Hmmm yeah I think I might leave it on all day. But, would it matter what bulbs to leave on? Atinic blue or daylight bulbs?

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IME, you do not need the T5s. They actually do better with just natural daylight.The coraline algae is usually more dense under shade as opposed to the top surface of the rocks.

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IME, you do not need the T5s. They actually do better with just natural daylight.The coraline algae is usually more dense under shade as opposed to the top surface of the rocks.

 

 

I know off topic, but my fuge is covered by Natural White and Deep Red LED's only.... so its very similar to natural light in the 3000k range. This was a brand new korialla two months ago and is completely covered in coralline. The growth rate is similar to that of under the sun vs in the tank. Basically I was about to come here and say natural light will work better, which is also why I run my LED's in the 6000k range for 5 hours when im not home because the best/fasted. growth is in the 4-8k range. But peacemaker already said it for me.

 

 

sorry for the horrible picture

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I was always under the impression that coralline preferred bluish light, which is why it normally grows in deeper water. I may be wrong.

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This is what I've always heard:

Coraline algae loves actinic blue actinic light and hates white light. To give your coraline a boost, increase your blue light and decrease your white light.

 

Coraline grows best deep in the ocean where only blue spectrum light can penetrate. When starting a reef tank, allow the blue actinic bulbs to run 24 hours a day for two weeks.

 

http://www.saltwater-aquarium-online-guide...line-algae.html

 

Not necessarily a site that I would trust without question, but still.

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I was always under the impression that coralline preferred bluish light, which is why it normally grows in deeper water. I may be wrong.

 

There's more blue light 5 feet from the surface than 25 feet from the surface. ;)

 

 

Most coralline does not like high intensity light ime. In my 10g it'll only grow around the edges of rocks, on the glass, and in the shade. The regular purple stuff won't grow thick over the top of the rocks directly under the MH.

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I dunno - Im just going off of what I've done and where my coralline grows the fasted is all

 

here was my rock after ward

 

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This is the only pic i could find unlit in the beginning when i was about to do the tank transfer

 

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oh the days of crappy cameras lol

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