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  1. I admit, I had to chuckle. But @Lula_Mae was right, the remark was intended for other people who have been following Derrick's story, and not as advice.
  2. What is your idea of perfect? What are you testing, which kits are you using, and what are the results? I thought you posted that you would be returning your three chromis back to the LFS. I warned you that a group of chromis in a nano will pick each other off one by one until only one is left. If you decide to keep the remaining two, expect to lose another. I agree with the others, take a break for now on adding more fish. You still have a lot to learn and your tank has a ways to go before it becomes mature. No doubt you will face numerous challenges along the way, and having a tank that is lightly stocked will help you get through them.
  3. Yeah, I'm also not buying green coralline. It's probably just micro algae (you know, the stuff you scrape off your glass, except you cant scrape it off your rock as easily). It might be getting more pronounced do to phosphate levels in your tank (or even the rock leaching some phosphate). I wouldn't necessarily worry about it. Instead, I'd probably add some more herbivores (like trochus snails) and continue to monitor phosphate levels.
  4. There are more factors than just lighting (and alkalinity and calcium, and even flow), especially when lighting is less than optimum. Alternate energy sources may be more essential, like feeding and phosphate levels. I wouldn't necessarily expect it to bleach because of the light, unless it was dying. Instead, I'd guess that the zooxanthellae (the symbiotic algae in coral, which is brownish in color) would become more pronounced (especially in the presence of higher levels of phosphate) , in an attempt to produce more energy with less light. As implied by others, this would affect the coloration of the coral, but not necessarily its health.
  5. If I was competing, I'm sure I'd stock mine with cyano and dinos.
  6. @lkoechle, that's very exciting! Whatever you do, DON'T take a picture of it with a blank Post-it, start setting it up, and Photoshop in the writing on the 10th.
  7. Sorry to hear that; dinos are rough. However, I don't believe kalk is going to help much.
  8. Unless, of course, it's a Nano-Reef contest.
  9. Here are their calculators, but they are for dosing two part: Dosing kalk is a good way to increase pH, and to help maintain alkalinity (and calcium). However, if you are trying to raise levels, dosing two part is an easier proposition. You might even wish to get your levels up with two part and then see if you can maintain them with kalk. I would do some tests to determine your tank's consumption rates prior to dosing kalk. Then you can compare those results after you start dosing (adjusting as necessary). If consumption is too high, it might not be possible to maintain levels with kalk alone.
  10. It's been awhile since Nano-Reef has had an official contest. Sweet, I wish I could play, but I'll be following along. Maybe this will provide the lounge contest with a little buffer from the "general" population. Good luck everyone!
  11. And without a host fish to feed off of, it will eventually starve to death (making your tank ich-free).
  12. Yes, fish are its only host. I would still treat it even if there are no visible signs of the parasite. This also means that you should keep your tank fishless for 6 to 8 weeks. Otherwise, you risk infecting your fish when it is re-introduced (or other fish if you transfer your goby to another tank). Read that article that Hippieheadshot linked in the second post; it will give you a better idea what you are up against.
  13. You shouldn't be getting 80 TDS from your RO product water (if that's what you mean). If so, you'll be going through DI resin like crazy. What salt mix are you using? This doesn't sound right. I'm wondering what's going on here, like maybe the salt mix isn't evenly distributed. This could also affect the stability of alkalinity, which would likely have a greater effect on stony corals. I'm also interested to know what the phosphate level is.
  14. I really need to get caught up on what you are doing here Weetie. It's very cool. I want to incorporate macros into my next tank.