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    Birdsnest frag growing algae on tip

    If the polyps below are extending but not the ones on top, I think that would suggest that the lighting is too bright. You could try removing the t5s for a few days and possibly lowering the intensity and/or duration of the ai and see if that makes a difference. Also, you might want to bump your calcium up a little. 420ish. It does sound a little strange though since your cube is 20" deep. How far above the water is your ai and how far above the water was the led the coral came from?
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    Way to safely raise alk

    Its possible. BRS has pharma pouches for sodium carbonate, sodium bi-carbonate and magnesium (combination of magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate) to create one gallon containers. They have a calculator on their website to determine how much to dose. You could try raising your magnesium to 1400 or a little higher, bump up your alk and then see if it stays. Alkalinity is often times consumed or lowers more quickly than other elements in the reef aquarium. You could also switch your salt mix. I use Fritz RPM and I like it.
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    Lighting with my Kessil A80

    Its a 15 watt light. Not very strong. He's got it 8 inches above the surface and the height of the tank is 12". I have mine the same height above half my tank and it is only 10" high.
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    Cyano or diatomes?

    If it grows further you could try using chemiclean.
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    Urgent Salinity Question

    You can also get a refractometer with automatic temperature compensation (atc).
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    Calcium too high?

    It shouldn't hurt anything but generally 420 to 500 is good for anything with hard corals. It should drop on its own with water changes and replacing ro/di water with evaporation (make sure not to replace evaporated water with salt water). Check your salt mix too to see what it mixes at and you might post your current salinity level.
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    Lighting with my Kessil A80

    Hello and welcome to nano-reef! You can run that at 100% and the color is somewhat your choice. I have one that I run the same with some Zoas and GSP. For color I turn mine to white and then gradually turn back to blue. Once I go one past white (into blue) I leave it there. That is my preference although everyone has a different one. Your corals will like pretty much anything you give them but a little into the blue spectrum might be good (14,000 K). Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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    Aiptasia? What should I do?

    It looks like you have a lot of help here. If you ever use a peppermint shrimp and can't catch it to remove it, you can make a trap out of an empty 20 oz. clear plasctic bottle. Cut the end with the spout off (where it begins to be the same diameter of the rest of the bottle), turn the spout part you have cut out around and stuff it in the open 20 oz., punch some holes in the 20 oz. (and cut part of it off if it is too long), fill it with water and put some mysis shrimp in it, put it in the bottom of your tank and turn the lights out. The inverted spout lets the shrimp in but prevents it from getting out.
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    Diatom? Dino ?

    It could be calothrix algae or a brown cyanobacteria. I think I've had the same thing for a while. I have siphoned it out, overturned the sand and used chemiclean. Chemiclean usually gets rid of red cyanobacteria for me and I used it once for that and after a while (longer than it stated on the box) the brown cyano also started to die. It didn't kill all of it but a fair amount. When it dies it turns white. (If you use chemiclean remember to pull your carbon if you have any, use a limewood airstone or make sure there is adequate O2 and do the water change as they say.)
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    JBJ rimless 10 gallon

    I'm scrapping the modified Triton method idea as I think I need to have water changes to have good water coming in once every week or two and to replenish elements that are decreasing because of absorption by corals, etc. I've also added back carbon as I think it is better to have it than not. I added an ato today. Eshopps small container (2g) with their float valve switch. It seems to be working well. I also added a mexican turbo snail and will be adding a small cleaner wrasse next week.
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    Huge algae bloom after cycle HELP

    If it doesn't go away you could use chemiclean. I've used that with success and no adverse effects on the tank. Its pretty amazing really. Be sure to pull your carbon if you do and follow the directions. Good luck!
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    JBJ rimless 10 gallon

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ok good to know. I have to Mg test kits from Salifert and they both read the same thing but I did mix what was left of reagent 3 with the new bottle.
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    JBJ rimless 10 gallon

    Hey tr. That is good to know. I have tried to get someone from my local reef society to help without success and the local store doesn't test for calcium and magnesium.
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    JBJ rimless 10 gallon

    I tested my water again and the magnesium measures 1125 and the calcium 440. Its hard to believe that the kits would be off by that much. The calcium kit is a new api and the magnesium an older salifert.
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    JBJ rimless 10 gallon

    I got my results back from the Triton lab. I was surprised that mostly everything is ok. My calcium was a little low and my magnesium was more where I wanted it. I was surprised at this because my home tests showed the opposite. My iodine was also low which is probably because of my use of carbon. Here is the listing, Triton Test Results for Home Reef Tank