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  4. victoly

    TDS

    If things are doing well, don’t change them too much ! A source of your nitrates might by your RODI water. If you’re on city of Austin water, chloramine is used as a disinfectant. Depending on how effective your carbon/RO membrane/DI setup is, you could be passing through some ammonia (chloramine breakdown produce), which would then be converted to nitrate. Test your RO water every once in a blue moon and see if anything is coming into your tank from that route. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  5. Christyef

    TDS

    I haven’t. I recently switched to reef crystals. I’ll check it next time I make some water . I also run gfo/carbon in the tank. I need new sponges for those. The flow isn’t too great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. KimP

    TDS

    Have you checked your new salt water for phosphates? I wouldn't worry too much if everything's looking the way you want. I mean, bring the phosphates down with gfo or something, but don't stress too much. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. Victoly would definitely be the one to ask about this, but maybe adding another carbon stage instead of another DI would be good.
  7. diesel3443

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    Might need to trade another Homewrecker frag! HAHA
  8. ACampbell

    TUNZE skimmer 9004 DC $150

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  9. Christyef

    TDS

    I finally got my Hanna reactants and tested yesterday. (I’ve been relying on api), and my PO4 was 1.26!!!! I had to look a few times to make sure it wasnt the timer still counting down [emoji23]. The no3 was 10! I do bi-weekly water changes, have an ATS, and have a MASSIVE external deltec skimmer so I was shocked it could be that high. I expected high, but not that much. So, I checked my tds and it was reading 12!! [emoji37]. So, I wasn’t sure if the tds was causing the super high readings bc it was so high, or if I need to up my nutrient exportation. Nothing is brown and everything is super happy and growing good. I did change all the filters and DI. Also added a second DI chamber and now have zero TDS. I also added some phosphate rx to bring it down some. I don’t wanna do anything too drastic bc all my corals are doing good Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  11. Sierra Bravo

    TDS

    That's the problem with having a TDS reading higher than zero in your water - you don't know exactly what it is comprised of. Without a lab test it just means that your water contains unknown inorganic and/or organic matter that made it past the filter.
  12. KimP

    TDS

    I think TDS is more like calcium, mag, salt, etc, things like that. That's how I understand it. It won't tell you phos or nitrate.
  13. victoly

    TDS

    You can have high TDS water with low or no nutrients. You can also have high nutrient eater with low or no TDS. they can be correlated but not necessarily so. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  14. Christyef

    TDS

    Can someone explain the roleTDS plays in relation to PO4 and no3. All I can find online relates to roadways and lakes. Lol. High TDS =high nutrients? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. enzo1028

    Mariculted Green Milli

    The pinkish one in the far background? It’s a CC Poison Ivy that wasn’t too happy. It’s starting to color back up Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Christyef

    Mariculted Green Milli

    Is that a nepthia in the back of the second pic? Or another stick. Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  18. FarmerTy

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    I'd trade my right arm in for that! Nice work!
  19. diesel3443

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    I can't even photograph it correctly it just completely glows pink in Daylight let alone the blues
  20. FarmerTy

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    Holy confetti! 😍
  21. diesel3443

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    Thursday photo dump! I really cant wait to get a macro lens. @FarmerTy I dont do that to all the pretty things you gave me haha 😉
  22. diesel3443

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    Crossing my fingers, LOL.
  23. FarmerTy

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    Oh no! This is what you do to the pretty things I give you!? 😥 Kidding. My "colony" is in heal mode for a couple months but should have some nice branches to cut off in the summer. Hopefully the skimmer overkill alleviates the issue.
  24. Timfish

    Hair Algae, a second case study

    Urchins can be critical for a successful reef as demonstrated by the problems the Caribbean reefs are having because of the dieoff of urchins in 1983 (search "Moe" and "Diadema" for more info). (In the Pacific it's the large parrot fish that are primarily responsible for controlling nuisance alga and creating places for coral larva to land and start growing.) What's overlooked is urchins are not removing the nutrients but simply putting the nutrients bound up in the nuisance algae back into the system to be used by the sponges, remaining algae and corals. Depending on the amount of Dissolved Combined Neutral Sugars (DCNS) being released by the alga dictates how well the corals are going to be able to compete with the alga. There's a well documented feedback loop (See Rohwer's "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas" for an introduction to this process) that negatively affects corals. Urchins also can't get everywhere, as I pointed out in my first thread, there's nooks and crannies the urchins can't get into where the algae was growing then stops as the equilibrium of the ecosystem shifts. In this system I did add urchins so it's to extrapolate they fisxed the problem and there wasn't any fundamental shift in the system equilibrium. But you also need to consider what happened in my first "Hair Algae" thread, urchins had already been added but were not able to deal with the hair algae hence a more aggressive approach was used to eradicate the alga. In both systems there were places where a toothbrush or small tube brush was the only way to get to the alga and remove it. Saying there's shifts in the equilibrium of an ecosystem may seem nebulous but it was very gratifying to see Rohwer explain this in his book "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas". I stopped worrying about nitrate and PO4 15-20 years ago that when I realized they were only small parts of a very complex puzzle. There is much, much more going on in our reef systems than just simple nutrient export. The various roles the different types of DOC in altering the microbial processes and their influences, negative or positive, on a coral and it's holobiont which directly affects it's resiliance and immunity is just now beginning to be understood.
  25. diesel3443

    diesel3443's 80g SPS Reboot

    Update on the tank. I have been having some random STN on a couple pieces that didn't make much sense. One of the pieces is my Homewrecker which really blows. I superglued that STN and hope it continues to hold... Literally 98% of the coral in the tank is flourishing, but its always one of the expensive ones that needs to be a PITA. Or else I am going to have to beg @FarmerTy for another 🤣 The only thing that I can possibly attribute it to is that I realized that my NYOS skimmer must not have been skimming for almost a couple weeks as the water was too low in the skimmer. I tried fiddling with it for about an hour and couldn't get it to go any higher (and it sits in about 10" of water that is even 2" higher than the recommended 8"). Regardless I think it has to do with my bacterial dosing and nothing getting skimmed out, plus increased organics in the water wasn't helping Im sure. This being said, I decided to put my old skimmer on the tank that I had on my 150g, a Reef Octopus 200INT. Complete monster and overkill for the 80g, but after running it a few days now, it was the right decision as my cyano problem disappeared as well.
  26. Reefpuck

    Jacob's Red Sea Reefer 350 Build

    Looks good...like the 2 island setup.
  27. jvalentine83

    Jacob's Red Sea Reefer 350 Build

    \ New Aquascape!
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