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Shared on IG but I made some recent upgrades 🙂 

 

Proud of my two weekend projects! Built a Red Sea net cover and then did some doser maintenance and set up my EasySPS EVO gel dosing line!

Now I can automatically dose plankton suspension twice a day (~1mL each time) with my return pump programmed to pause for 30 mins during these feedings. No more Brightwell NeoPhos/NeoNitro, which I'm hoping will reduce my algae.

 

Also got a flasher wrasse, a sailfin blenny, five cerith snails and five nerite snails. Hoping the three fish and EvoGel will be the best combination of natural food for the corals.

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2/26/23

Ca: 500 (1.9mL --> 1.5mL *6 /day) 

KH: 8.6

PO4: 0.00

NO3: 3

 

Top pic is from 2/16, showing algae before I did a cleaning.

Bottom pic is from yesterday, a week after the last WC/cleaning. 

 

In other words, the algae hasn't grown back! I stopped dosing the Brightwell products, added two fish (lawnmower blenny and flasher wrasse), and some snails.

 

I think eliminating NeoNitro/NeoPhos was the biggest difference maker. Nutrients instead coming from the fish and EasySPS dosing. 

 

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Tank is doing the best it's done in a year! (before last summer's move) 

 

3/7/23 (before WC)

Ca: 490 (1.5mL *6 /day) 

KH: 9.0 (6x5mL --> 6x4.4mL /day)

PO4: 0.02

NO3: 1-3

 

I dose the EVO EasySPS gel twice a day (1mL midnight and 1mL noon). I'm about to be gone for a week so I'm going to increase this to (2mL and 2mL) since less flake food will going in the tank. 

 

The SPS gel has been a great improvement IMO to the Brightwell products. 

 

My orange anacropora is perhaps the best visual indication. It's darkened up nicely. 

 

I was dosing NeoPhos and NeoNitro into the tank and I think it was fostering this hair algae that just sucked up the NeoPhos. Giving me crap on the rocks and 0.00 readings. 

 

This gel food (which I used in the past) isn't growing any algae and my phosphates are finally off that 0.00 floor! With corals like the anacropora confirming this. 

 

The 2x MP10's, flasher wrasse and lawnmower blenny have also all been nice additions. Naturally raising nutrients and the blenny eating (strictly) algae. 

 

Seeing an uptick in coralline growth as well. Will post pics after my trip. 

 

 

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Nice build. Congrats on surviving the move!

I have a Red Sea 170 that I am going to revive soon. We moved from California to North Carolina in 2018.

I am checking out 170 builds for inspiration.

 

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3/31/23

Ca: 480

KH: 8.1

 

Good news: got first new frags in ~9 months and they're fire

Sad news: We have to move the tank for the third time in three years (4th Pittsburgh apartment in four years) in three months. Fingers crossed we can orchestrate a smooth transition. 

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Triton results from 4/10 samples - everything looks good. Interesting to see my Red Sea kits test Mg and Ca higher than what ICP reports.

 

I'm going to switch to FM's Full ICP kit next time. It's been recommended to me for testing more chemistry and correcting values based on your salinity etc. 

 

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May 22nd, 2023

Ca: 470 (1.7 --> 1.6 x6 mL / day)

KH: 9.8 (4.6 --> 3.6 x6 mL / day) ~~> 9.2 on 6/2/23

Mg: 1500

pH: 8.2

PO4: ~0.00 ppm

NO3: <1 ppm 

 

vs. 4/13/23

Ca: 470

KH: 8.7

Mg: 1480 (still don't dose)

PO4: 0.00

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I’ve had trouble keeping my PO4 up, kept 0ing out and ending up with nuisance algae and bacteria. Reef roids finally helped me keep it detectable. 
 

Tank is looking good, that Monti plate has a mind of its own!

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Yea, my phosphates read 0.00 but I'm not using the ULR Hannah Checker and I think it's the NO3/PO4 ratio that's more critical. 

 

Reef roids gave me a TON of sponges and the manual mixing/feeding of it creates variability that I don't like. Meanwhile Brightwell NeoPhos and NeoNitro gave me problems and algae. 

 

Dosing EasyReef EvoGel has been the most consistent for me. Corals look happy and consistent nutrients are coming in at midnight (via doser). Pump turns off during that feeding as well. A ~$20 250mL packet of gel can last me six months. 

 

I think the biggest room for improvement right now is flow. #2 is trace elements. I just ordered KZ coral system 2 & 4 to test out. Other than that, just keeping things stable. 

 

I think Gyre's would get better coverage compared to two MP10's but I'm not ready to drop the $$$ to replace new MP10's.

 

I might talk to Abe from Coral Euphoria to get his opinion. 

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Wednesday, June 28th Tank Move 

  • This is the THIRD time I've moved the tank (SPS and all)
  • Removed and re-glued three frags for the move
  • As I've shown previously, the scape was designed to be transportable...don't need to deconstruct the bonsai tree I made every time
  • I use my ~15 gal ATO reservoir to transport the scape, kept at 76-78F throughout 
  • I save as much tank water as I can and keep the biological material in the sump wet
  • The moving distance was only about a mile
  • Soaked some pumps in citric acid and cleaned the glass before filling the tank up at the new apartment
  • No losses or serious damage

The three things left to take care of after the relocation...

1. Setup the ATO system 

2. Mount the lighting

3. Setup the GHL doser again

 

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Just mailed out a Fauna Marin Total ICP test kit. More expensive and less convenient than the Triton kits but should get a lot of data. 

 

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Aug. 17th ICP Results (tank water): 
https://lab.faunamarin.de/en/share/analysis/82169
Aug. 17th ICP Results (RO water): attached
 
Reaction to the ICP results, which came in yesterday...
 
1. pH. I was pretty surprised to see dissolved CO2 appear as an issue. The tank has significant flow and water turnover. I run a skimmer and the tank is next to a vent in the living room. Since I can't keep a window open, I'm considering adding a scrubber to the skimmer air intake (link) to lower dissolved CO2 and raise the pH. Thoughts?
 
2. Nutrients & Feeding. No surprise that the tank is ULN. Hannah Checkers normally read zero. That said, my values are too low.
 
To feed the coral, I've settled on using EasyReefs EasySPS EVO gel. I can program feedings without refrigeration and haven't had much better results with this nutrient source compared to dosing NeoPhos, NeoNitro, Acropower, Reef Roids, etc. 
 
Seeing the ICP results, I think I will increase my gel dosing (e.g. 2mL to 4mL /day). If necessary, I will try to add another fish. Something like an ORA chalk basslet that will eat anything. The damsel in the tank is pretty territorial at this point. The blenny is cryptic and purely eats film off the glass (no flake).
 
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Aug. 18th FTS:  
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5:30pm pH: 8.1

11:45pm pH: 8.3

8:30am pH: 8.2

 

Two data points in the photoperiod but potentially not as bad as the ICP suggested. Granted, maybe the Hannah Checkers are off. Still want to check the morning numbers. I'll say that the ICP data on dissolved CO2 supports the notion of an acidity issue.

 

In response to the ICP results...

 

Calcium adjustment (starts at 6am)

6x 1.6 mL to 6x 1.4 mL 

 

Alkalinity adjustment (starts at 8am)

6x 3 mL to 6x 2.5 mL 

 

Evo SPS gel adjustment (doses at 12am)

1x 1mL to 1x 2mL

 

BRS order...

 

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