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craig bingman

  1. General Reef Discussion
    I have a Gen-X CO2 regulator by pacific coast imports. It has a solenoid and a needle from MRC http://www.myreefcreations.com/caaccessories.htm at the bottom of the page. Currently the regulator is putting out an output pressure of 25. That is just a touch higher than I want. There isn't any big...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I have been trying for a while to raise my ph. It is constantly at 7.8. I've tried adding buffer. Seems to help short term. added an air pump to help balance co2 and oxygen. Removed half of my glass lid and replace with egg crate. nothing seems to help. here are some tank specs. 46g, with...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I'm having issues with my pH--no matter what I do it won't raise. At one point it was around 7.8-7.9 in the morning and slowly rose over the couse of the day to about 8.2 max. Now, it's about 7.6 in the a.m., and rarely goes above 8.0 at night. We're using the buffer and nothing is...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    what test should i do on my water and how often should i do them? any recommendations on test kits? is there a best time of day to test? any tips?
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I am toying with the idea of dosing my tank with Epsoms Salt to bring the Mg. up to around 1400, my question is will this have an effect on my salinity? My parameters as of right now are: Cal. 465 Alk. 4 meg/l Mg. 1250 I test with Seachem test kits and will change to Salifert next time I...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I am using a Seachem Magnesium and Alkalinity test kit, My Question is which do I really need to test for, Total, Borate, or Carbonate???? My test as of right now are: Calcium 400, Total Alk. 2 meg/l, and Magnesium 1400. Does this sound about right? from what I am reading I think I should...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    so the corals don't seem as happy as they could be so I figured time to test... temp 78 sg 1.025 with refractometer calcium 380 dhk 6 nitrate - 15 ish using IO salt so what if anything do I need to do?
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I' ve heard lots about this but I don't know "why", so if anyone can help ...:confused: Why should you pre-mix and then allow the saltwater to stand a couple of days before adding it to your tank ( during a water change)? Is it extremely harmful if you don't? And do you still dechlorinate even...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    OK.... when I started my tank back in 03 I had a colt coral in there for over a year as well as a ton of polyps. All flurished! then all of a sudden everything started to die. water parameters are fine. I thought it was my tank inhabitants picking at them.... I was wrong. I then thought...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Are there better or more "pure" brands of carbon than others? thanks
  11. Massachusetts North Shore Marine and Reef Club
    I volunteer to be the in house Chemist. I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and I taught freshman chemistry in college before. If you have any chemistry related question, please feel free to ask.
  12. General Reef Discussion
    ok my mag is at 1100 and cant seem to get it over that...I have dosed 290 gallons worth 5 times....everything else is normal...what should I do or just keep adding it til it rises???
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all. Been travelling a lot with the new job so haven't been posting, just reading in the back ground, but have a concern. Background first. Cured the rock for about 2 months. 125 tank's been running for about 3 months with a 3-4 in DSB plus tranferred in 20 gal rock, sand, clean up crew...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I mixed up 8 gallons for a waterchange on saturday morning. How long should I age it so it is good and doesent make the skimmer go crazy? Its in a plastic container with a rio 600.
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Ok I checked my tank today and the specs are way out of wak. Ph 7.9 Alk over 16 dkh Cal 300 two days ago the cal was 350 ph 7.9 alk 14.0 I have been adding kent super buffer to bring up the ph. I also add Kent parts A/B as per directions... until today I began to add more calcium...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Its about 86f in london today, been that way for the last week and looks like its here to stay for a little while Normally it's a sweet time of the year for me :dance: but my tank has hit 80'f for the first time and rising :doh: i've got extra fans blowing at the tank and i've still got a...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Recommended fluids for my probe are in disposable sachets and cost a fortune, surely i can cap n tube the liquid and re use? Or am i just being too tight :agree: Will the Ph change if stored in screwcap plastic clear test tubes? I'll log results how long it does last but just wondering if...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    i need to get my magn up a fuz it is right around 1200 my calc is at 450, ph at 8.2 and sal at 1.025 i was wondering what the most effective way of adding magnesium is?
  19. TCMAS
    Hello people I have red algae growing on my sand, how do I get rid of this it seems that with the lights off it is not as bad. Is my flow not good enough I have 2 maxi jet 1200 in there it is a 75 gallon Thanks
  20. TCMAS
    I've had an idea I have been meaning to bring to the club for awhile now, but I keep not getting to it. The recent thread on coral die-offs has gotten me thinking about this a lot more though. Here is the idea: This club has an amazing amount of knowledge and skill with reef tanks. It really...
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