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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all... Have a few questions... Ok, I am not a total NEWB but I have not exaclty been up on understanding what I need to do to maintain proper levels in my reef. Little background...I have a 125 gal reef (started in February), that is mostly softies, a few LPS, and a few lower light SPS...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I do not have a good experience with Acroporas. They keep bleaching after a couple of weeks from delivery. I usually get everything mail ordered. So I guess there's much stress on them in the shipping process. But what are the best ways to keep them alive and thriving? My tank is new... about 3...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I am setting up my calcium reactor. I don't know if its just that I am tired but these instructions for my pinpoint PH controller suck. I have it calibrate. I want it to controll my CO2 solenoid. I want it to have a centerline of 6.8 with a range of +-4. 6.6-7.0 according to the MRC...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    okay, i've been reading a bunch of posts explaining on why snowstorms happen :) and i understand what is happening. however, i do not understand why i'm getting one while i try to boost Ca/Mg/ALK levels of freshly mixed IO. this is what i'm doing; - mix IO salt in old IO bucket filled with...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Like the title states: How do you know when it is time to break down and start up a Calcium Reactor?
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hi Ive being using this salt since I start my tank and every time I test Calcium read over 500. Today I tested and is at 500. I would like to find a way to reduce the calcium or change salt. Ive heard people mixing Oceanic with other brand but I dont remember if its IO or Reef Crystal...
  7. "Soft" corals
    i have two kinds of xenie. Fast pulsing and non pulsing, my alkalinity is higher then normal and the non pulse xenia is like schrivled up and skinny. could this be from the boosted DKH or something else? i also just turned my protein skimmer way farther up. could that be the reason? please reply...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    some nice members here pointed out that i have bryopsis in my tank, ive been thinking it was hair algae thats just been kicking butt, but either way, im looking for some good suggestions to rid myself of the bryopsis. sea hare? pros and cons? any nudi's that eat it? any fish...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Okay chemists...help me out here. I was under the impression that when your alkalinity goes up, it usually drives your Calcium down. And vice versa. And if you raise your Calcium, your alkalinity should drop. Come anyone tell me under what circumstances the previous statement WOULDN'T...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    :idea: what is the best salinity for sps I did a water change last night and it went from 35.5 to 36.0 or 1.0265 is this to high?
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I just checked our reef... is our Alk too high? If so, how do I bring it down? I have Kent superbuffer dKH but that's for bringing it, according to the instructions... 6:00 pm after 7 hrs of MH / VHO actinic lighting: Sg: 1.024 temp: 80 (fan with variable speeds according to temp runs through...
  12. 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...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    OK WTH!!! I mess with my alkalinity, and my calcium drops. I mess with my calcium and my alkalinity drops. Now both powder additives arent supposed to mess with the other. Here is the weird thing though. If I dont touch my tank, my calcium stays steady at around 440 and my alk at around 2.60. I...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I am looking for specs on what all the chemical levels should be. Just want a quick referance to compare mine with.
  15. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    i tested my calc reading today and it was at 535ppm i have a 75bb with 145lbs of lr. only 7 turbos and 15 or so hermits ph is at 8.3 sal is at 1.024 it is only one and a half months old is this high calc reading going to be detrimental to the tank?
  16. General Reef Discussion
    That's right, I misread the instructions on the KH test kit and ended up adding too much SuperBuffer KH. :doh: Now I have 90 gallons of water with the KH at about 16. Salinity is at 1.023. The PH is at 8.45 on a new calibrated PinPoint. :( I know what the solution is...make new water and...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I recently ordered a Pinpoint pH Controller and it has the ability to controller pH both high and low. I am hooking the high to my calcium reactor. I was thinking of adding a DIY Kalk reactor hooked up to the controller for raising pH if and when it got low. then I would just have a container...
  18. TCMAS
    So last night I went to look at my Pink Milli and it appears that the pink flesh is flaking off? What can cause this? My return pump did die on thurs. while I was at work so the temp fell a few degrees but in the panic I forgot to look at what it fell to. The lowest it should have went was...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Ok guys, you have helped me tremendously with my selection of equipment for starting my reef. Now onto a calcium reactor. I think that I want to include one in my setup. From what I've been reading about these, it looks like a great and convenient investment for the long term. Anyone have...
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