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  1. kill it!
  2. Very cool. Then I will make the switch to the regular Red Sea Salt. This Article has a list of all salt mixes and their respective parameters. I have some Caulerpa in the refugium and it is growing fantastically. I have to harvest once a month, I remove about 10oz, it is A LOT! Also just tested for PO4 with the Phosphorus Hannah Checker, got 12ppb which is .0037 ppm. so right on the money. However I have noticed that the algae is green now, and no longer brown. So I guess the free phosphate ions are nearly all consumed and I expect the start starving pretty soon. Going to start up my GFO reactor again along with the next water change (this Wednesday) I will document the results. NoPox will continue to be dosed at 3ml a day. I hope this algae starts to starve pretty soon. Magnesium is still at 1600 though. Calcium remains a solid 450
  3. wow that was a very cool learning moment! thanks for that! I have slowly been dosing .02 dKh every day... which is now at around 9.5dKh. slowly raising it to the levels of the salt (red sea coral pro) which says it is 12.2dKh. is this going to improve my situation? or is there another way of decreasing my magnesium? should I stop doing water changes for a while? what do you suggest?
  4. As predicted! Water Change was done and ALK is back up to 7.8dkH as it was with the last water change. I will begin dosing according to the ESV B-Ionic bottles to add 0.1dkH everyday of ALK and the equivalent CAL Questions to anyone who knows : 1. Why did my MAG go up? 2. Did anyone notice that CAL was 450 during the entire test? Why? 3. Why is ALK the only thing consumed? I remain dosing 3ml of NoPox everyday. Algae seems to be receding. I finally dosed ALK last night for the first time after lights out. According to the calculator I needed 27.7ml to raise from 7.8 to 8dKh. I dosed the first 8ml and tested about an hour later at 7.8dKh... which I asume basically means the ALK that was consumed from the moment of water change to the 20 hours later when I dosed the 8ml of ALK this repleneshing to 7.8dKh. I expect tonight's to either do the same or increase it? If it doesn't, then that means 8ml of ALK a day is what my tank consumes? Yay or nay?
  5. Measured again: 3/28/17 Alk RS 7dkH Alk Sali 7dkH CA 450 Water Change tomorrow. this will bring up the Alk to 7.8dkH, of course testing will be done to make sure, then I will begin dosing my ALK. According to the bottle, and the online calculator I found, I need 1ml to raise 0.1dkH in 50gal with the B-ionic. So that should be my daily dose? On another note, while we wait for the Phosphate checker to arrive, algae is turning green, but disappearing mostly, I can finally start to see the surface of my rocks again, they are starting to look clean! The algae is firmly on the rock, it is turf-like, will this disappear in time with the reduction of Po4?
  6. So in order to get the most accurate results possible with the Red Sea Alk test, I test twice in a row. It is pretty simple. Rinse the vial with tank water. Fill it with 10ml of tankwater. Use your titration needle with the ALK (make sure to suck, push out hard - to remove micro bubbles), fill it finally. Swirl constantly adding drops slowly, it should change to blue soon, then followed by transparent, this is when I go drop-by-drop, then a drop or two later it turns sort of pinkish. THAT is where I stop the test and read the result. The Salifert Alk Kit is actually pretty good as well, results are almost exactly as Red Sea Alk. These are the results since I have been testing with both Red Sea and Salifert Alk. As the pH, I have nothing to compare it to, but have 8.0pH throughout since I started testing everyday with it. 3/18 ALK (Red Sea) - #1= 7.4dkH ; #2= 7.3 dkH ALK (Salifert) - 7.4dkH CA - 450 pH 8.0 3/19 ALK RS - 7.2dkH ALK S - 7.3dkH CA - 445 MG 1580 pH 8.0 3/20 ALK RS - 7.1dkH ALK S - 7.1dkH CA - 450 pH - 8.0 So we can observe the tank seems to be consuming approx 0.1dkH a day of ALK. Please correct me if I am wrong: Assuming that ALK will go back up to 7.8dkH on Water Change Day, ALK needs to be replenished 0.1dkH every single day, to keep it at 7.8dkH for all eternity? This is better for the coral than trying to raise ALK to 9dkH? Also, MAGNESIUM seems to be on the rise... is this because of the ALK consumption? At the same time, why is my CALCIUM staying at 450? All that being said, I agree that the Hanna ALK Checker doesn't have a great reputation. However investing in the phosphorous Checker is a MUST. So this investment will be made pretty soon. I am taking a trip with my wife to LA from tomorrow Tuesday till Saturday. If any of you can suggest any MUST SEE coral shops, that would be badass! I look forward to your input ...
  7. Another day, another test. I got my Salifert PH and ALK tests in the mail yesterday! woot! Alk Red Sea - #1 7.6dkH ; #2 7.5dkH Alk Salifert - 7.7dkH CA 440 MG 1600 pH 8.xx (the salifert test only has 8.0 as an option so who knows exactly what pH is) All coral look fantastic. Still no Po4 test. Waiting on a few paydays to get the Phosphorous Hanna Checker. Still experiencing some green algae on the rocks. but it seems to be receding. Still dosing NOPOX 3ml a day. See you tomorrow!
  8. Water change was performed last night. 12 hours later we have these results 3/16 - CA 450 Alk 7.8 MG 1600 I will keep testing everyday until the next water change. I think that is when I will start dosing. Would you keep it at 7.8dkH or would you raise it? What do you guys think of my MG ? Will that drop when Alk / CA have better numbers, or will it rise?
  9. Start looking into getting a better light. AI Prime HD or a Kessila160 or whatever... Second, I recommend to reduce the amount of water you change a week. 50% is too much! not allowing parameters or organisms to establish, its like a revolving door of water on steroids! 11 gallons total water means you should be doing about a gallon dude! you could even do a gallon twice a week. but 5 gallons a week in one flush ..pff that is a lot! test alk/ca/mg everyday for a month. include testing for new water before water changes, as well as before and after water changes. this is advice that i took to heart and it is the only way you can understand what is really happening. log everything (amounts of dosing, methods of dosing, etc) you do everyday (be specific!) in the same place you log your test results. at the end of the month you will understand and be grateful you did!
  10. Thanks Clown79 I have been testing almost daily since 3/1/2017 dosing 3ml of NoPox (keeping nitrates undetectable, still no phosphate checker). 3/1 - CA 430 Alk ... MG 1520 (alk syringe numbers rubbed off, order new syringes) 3/2 - CA 440 Alk ... MG 1520 3/3 - CA 445 Alk ... MG 1540 3/4 - CA 430 Alk... MG 1560 3/5 - CA 445 Alk ... MG 1580 3/6 - CA 445 Alk ... MG 1560 3/8 - CA 450 Alk ... MG 1580 (WATER CHANGE = Alk - 11.5dkH) 3/10 - CA 440 Alk 7.1 3/12 - CA 450 Alk #1=7.0dkH #2=7.2dkH #3=7.1dkH (new syringes arrive, tested alk 3 times) 3/13 - CA 440 Alk 7.0 3/14 - CA 430 Alk 6.9 MG 1600 Today is Water Change day. I will test the new water as well as the tank before WC and post the results so you guys may help me interpret them.
  11. I had a vermetid snail that Saltcritters sent as a freebie, never saw a problem with it... it just send out this long spider-web-like string into the water column and traps debris that it eats.
  12. Great info Clown79!! I have the ESV B-ionic supplements, see how they do. So you are saying that even if I have 450 CA I should dose CA anyway? How do I figure that out? Cool, so I tested before the Water Change. According to my results it was anywhere between 6.7 & 6.9 dkH ... I tested the new batch of water and it read 12.6dkH.... about 15 hours after the WC the tank's dkH is anywhere between 7.0 & 7.6dkH. Assuming the dkH is 7.2dkH, to raise ALK 1.8 to 9dkH the tank requires 1.4oz or 44.1ml of ALK. Now obviously my PH is going to rise, my pH read crapped out on me and I don't have a pH test, is it necessary as well? any recommendations? since 1.4 oz will be required, I assume 15 days should suffice for the dosing. Does that mean I have to divide 1.4oz by 15 to get a daily dose? I used this website's reef calculator to figure it out:
  13. Hey everyone, I really appreciate all the advice and input. Before I spend another dollar on more test kits instead of coral... Today was water change day, so I tested for my new batch just to check that possibility off the list, sure enough, the salt mix is perfect and all parameters match those on the label of the bucket. That said, I tested 4 times for ALK today. 2 during the morning, and 2 before the water change. All came back at 6.6 dkH in the system. Which means, I have to start dosing ALK, right? Since my CA is around 450 and MG is at 1500+ do I ONLY dose ALK? or should I also dose CA? I assume I can hold off on dosing MG, since it has been steady? or am I missing something? Thanks in advance!