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  1. General Reef Discussion
    What should a Tank with softys Lps and Sps Be matained at :freak: ? i need to test my alk but my cal tests at around 420 ppm may be a little less.
  2. The THINK Tank
    I called it an HRDSB to distinguish it from an RDSB. HRDSB is a Hikk Remote Deep Sand Bed. What I am referring to is a 5G bucket setup such as this one: http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=595109&perpage=25&pagenumber=1 Anybody used one or know anybody who has used one to...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Do you have cukes? And do they make a difference? Discuss...
  4. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    im currently in the process of starting up my tank. i have all the equipment i need and am in the process of finding a place to get LR. my question is, what are the pros/cons to being bare bottomed. i heard having live sand will increase filtration, but have also heard its not good for my tank...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I have been running a small amount of Rowaphos in one of my reactors all the time, changed out every 2 weeks, as preventative maintanence. Recentley I've been reading that if your phosphates are testing at zero than you don't need to be running it and it can actually be harmful to your corals...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 350gallon tank that I cannot get the phosphates under control in. I have a calcium reactor which lowers ph to about 8.2. and I have been adding Kawasser to raise ph to 8.4 trying to bind to calcium? The tank has been up for two years. We have been out of town a lot. I believe phosphate...
  7. The Think Tank Must Reads.
    I just spent three hours reading through the DSB myth thread and decided in all fairness to put up a pro DSB thread. Although I have not been in the hobby as long as many on here have. I research constantly for ways to improve the quality of life for the animals I choose to own. This is in no...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I've been trying to solve this on my own but I am stumped at this point... help...my SPS are dying I have been keeping reef tanks for 10 years and my 100 gallon is doing great, the problem is with my nano at work. It is a JBJ 28 HQI, I plumbed in a chiller, heater and a small calcium reactor. I...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Here is an update on our planned fuge and how it will connect to the overall system: Our refugium is meant to simulate a biotope that in the wild would be related to a coral reef ecosystems. Our biotope refugium is a tropical Pacific estuarine refugium connected to our 30-gallon near-shore...
  10. The THINK Tank
    One of the few places I've ever heard the use of high lighting (meaning high par) is in a DSB. What is the high par suppose to be doing...is it suppose to burn off the excess nutrients found in the water column? Are all DSB tanks high in nutrients just by the nature of having a DSB?
  11. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Well, I've had a "BB" tank for 2 years now, but it's only in the past month that I actually had a real BB tank. That is because (i feel) I had too much rock, poor flow patterns, and def. not enough fish, or skimming. Here was my tank at it's...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Some of you may have seen my thread on cyanobacteria a few days back. Well I have been fighting it for a while and it was beginning to be everywhere, red slime in my sump, and on rock, tons of stringy brown things on my sand bed and rock in my main display tank. Well I dosed my sump with 1...
  13. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    I placed a RDSB in my sump. At first my corals just got darker in color. Now some have turned from purple to brown. Blue polyps have a brown/yellow appearance. Its the only thing different aside from a new RO/DI unit. Could this be caused by the RDSB?
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Im using phosban now what is better??
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I'm thinking about some mods to my sump, and looking for input whether they will actually work. My sump is pictured below (stock photo). it is pretty much taking up all the space under my tank and the ASM G2 takes up most of the room on the left side. 1. The first thing is I'm going to raise...
  16. The THINK Tank
    It would seem to me that getting oxygen to the water is more important than simply flow, and that an airstone would be more valuable, than a powerhead WITHOUT a venturi. So ideally, simply backing up your return pump would accomplish both. But im curious what you thoughts are specifically...
  17. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Ok, so I dont get this. Many people say if you go BB, you need less light. I dont quite get this. Whats making the difference of how the light penetrates to the coral between a DSB tank and a BB tank? This may sound stupid, but I dont get it. And now am I going to cook everything with a 250w...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    i had one acro colony that i lost, i believe it was a bad investment from the beginning, another that i got, it was very purple, it browned pretty quick in my system. then i upgraded my flow to 2 seio 1100's, i had one of them blasting straight into a couple colonies, and it seems to...
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