Just some guy, you know?
I have absolutely found this, it's been one of the hardest things for me to get over in this hobby. The Phosphate levels I'm targeting now would have terrified me 10 years ago. I'm shooting for Phosphate between 0.1 and 0.2 - I basically don't make changes if it lands between those two.I think one of the mistakes people make is trying to keep Phosphates at 0.
Most of the time people find corals look better with some Phosphate.
Didn't that come out great!? If you click on it you can go to my Flicker profile and download the image. That's at 4K resolution, with 300PPI, it should be plenty to print.I HAVE GOT TO GET AN 8 X 10 GLOSSY of that Blenny! AWESOME!
Once my Phosphates fell below the scale on my API kits I quit checking them, and go by 'looks'. Whatever you are doing Whiskey, KEEP DOING IT! 👍
Quite the turnaround!!! I'm not sure what my Nitrate is, but I also like non-0 values. Last time I checked it was closer to 10, I would prefer 5 but I'm not going to worry about it as long as it's under 40. I would like to attack the green brush type algae I have, but it's growing super slow, my glass doesn't have a dusting of Algae for 2 days, and I really have most major things on hold until the move.THAT sounds top shelf cool right there Whiskey keeping a photo album of your tank's journey. WAIT.....I'm an 'old person'.....are you talking a PAPER PICTURE ALBUM or 'virtual'? Either would be cool, but PAPER on a coffee table would be awesome!
As far as 'me doing things right' Pal, the jury's still out and won't pass judgment till I get tired of this hobby.......After that righteous battle I fought with GHA 4-5 years ago which started me on the road of 'cleaning my tank up'.......paying attention to Nitrates n Phosphates, and my journey to control/lower them. And this leading me to my Carbon dosing journey with Vodka, which I'm in my 4th year of now, I think. Has allowed me to keep my NO3 at a level I choose, which is > 0 < 5 ppm which I find our system likes the best, and Phosphates below the scale of API I am in my HAPPY PLACE with THAT. I haven'd seen any GHA rearing it's obnoxious head since then. THOUGH at the moment I am inching towards panic till I get my new skimmer and my UV back on line.....THAT'S just a wide open door for bad juju.
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Yes! I did like that. I wanted to glue the rock together for a really interesting scape too, but with all the corals attached to the rock and such I needed to get the tank setup too fast for that to be possible in this case.By the way, Geoff made a fake sand bed for his last tank.
Worth looking into if you set up another.
I'm loving having a little sand in there again! It's a little more work to keep it clean, but I love how it finishes off the look of the tank.
Oh yeah, that stuff is great!!! I'm using something similar, the "Special Grade" product that has about the same grain size. I like the Oothic stuff but it just blows around too much.I loved this stuff,
And if'n it was for shear looks, I'd probably still be using it. Just enough to cover the bottom, and siphon out a section at a time as it got dirty.Fiji Pink Reef Sand: 0.5-1.0 mm diameter grain size. A gently hued aragonite, CaribSea Seaflor Pink Fiji Reef Sand is ideal for plenum systems, nitrate reduction systems and most fish and reef tanks. Helps achieve the pH of natural seawater. Proves calcium and other essential trace elements likwww.marinedepot.com
Only problem is.....I'M A LAZY REEFER! By time I get around to cleanings bad juju has a chance to set in. 🤔 😁