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Reefer 170 SPS Bonsai (Est. August, 2020)

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20 hours ago, Manfred said:

I think Ikea will have someting suitable! ....which test sets do you use ... I have a Hanna tester for Po4 ... I will get for the other test also HaHanna testers...

I have yet to test a single parameter for the tank. Ballsy reefing. Confident enough to observe the cycling process and health of the corals. 

 

That said, with more frags now, I just ordered a Hannah Alk Checker and RS Ca Pro Test Kit. 

 

I suspect that I won't need to worry about dosing for another 3-4 weeks. First water change next week will likely be sufficient (small frags still new to tank...not consuming tons of elements just yet). 

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2,000th post! Frag pics from Saturday (before glueing) for tracking growth/color in the future. 

 

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So I hooked up my RO/DI unit and a few observations...

- Water pressure is only hitting ~20psi

- Probably in part bc of that low pressure there is a disappointing amount of waste water (but don't feel like spending $160 on a booster pump...)

- The TDS meter was reading 10ppm going in and 0ppm going out!  Such a low TDS makes it tempting to just use tap water with Prime...

- However, the tap water pH tests at 10.15

 

My metal shelf came and is set up. Now to consider a ATO reservoir for the gravity-fed setup...

https://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=120724

 

Should be able to adapt the spigot to 1/4" tubing and not even have to drill. Now the stand is 14x15" and this had a diameter of 17.4". It looks fine on paper but this fit is going to really really close because the vertical pipes of the stand encroach in on those corners. I measured the diagonal between corners to be ~17.5".

 

Checking on a return policy before I order. If it fits, it efficiently uses the space and gives me a large reservoir for the tank (good for when I'm gone more than a week). 

 

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Amphrites

Wow, a ph of 10 from your tap? Are you certain it's not a false result from low alkalinity? I think WV reefer and a few others have been doing tapwater-tanks, but I don't know how many are soaking sticks in it.

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