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About jolt

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  • Birthday 09/19/1959

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    South Austin
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  1. Oh that sucks, I agree on the replacement. It's more of a drive for you but I think Aquadome also rents a PAR meter?
  2. I think I remember someone mentioned that RCA will rent a PAR meter? Tank looks really nice by the way!
  3. jolt

    Steven's LED Biocube 32 - First Tank

    Those spots look like vermetid snails. It looks like you have them on your rocks as well in the pictures. I would take a scalpel or knife and break them off. In my opinion they are not a huge problem but can become irritating to the coral because they let out a little web to trap food. You can see one of the webs in your picture. Here's a bit more info: https://www.melevsreef.com/critter/vermetid-worm
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    Steven's LED Biocube 32 - First Tank

    PO4 is probable being absorbed to a degree by your new rocks. Is there any way to remove half of the chemipure/purigen as an intermediate step? The Mg is a little low, I would not let it go any lower than that, perhaps dose it up by 10 per week for a month? NO3 should be fine but try not to let it get higher The population of worms should regulate itself based on your feeding habits In general, I prefer to make small changes towards goals spread over time rather than big changes, or too many kinds of changes all at once
  5. I should have said there are a number of ways people remove them, but what's important is getting it out of there as soon as possible while its just the one (which hopefully it is). From looking sat the rock picture, your tank must be pretty new, so maybe you could even remove that rock and take care of it.
  6. Looks like an aiptasia anemone to me. I hate them! They will multiply like crazy and sting everything
  7. jolt

    Fish Addition Suggestion

    What about a Royal Gramma?
  8. jolt

    What are your other hobbies?

    Ah, the seat looked maroon to me, so that is what I was thinking ... 😫
  9. jolt

    What are your other hobbies?

    Nice. My guess is the theme is "Bobcat colors"!
  10. jolt

    Repeated cyanobacteria blooms

    I agree, start a build thread. First thing to discuss there is how you are maintaining Alk. There is a relationship between Ca, Mg, and Kh that you might want to understand. When you raised the magnesium it allowed the Ca and Alk to rise. Now you need to stop adding Alk for a while until the corals begin reducing it. That could take quite a while since your corals are small and not settled in. I like this video: https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/video/view/calcium-alkalinity-trace-elements-maintaining/
  11. jolt

    Repeated cyanobacteria blooms

    Sounds like a good plan!
  12. Well, I don't know about the carbon doser, but for my setup it does not do 1 bubble per second all the time. It is ph controlled. So when the Ph in the chamber reaches my high setpoint the solenoid opens and the bubbles will start running at one per second. This will cause the Ph in the chamber to start dropping. When the Ph reaches my low setpoint the solenoid will close and the bubbles will stop. At one bubble per second it takes maybe 5 minutes to reach the low setpoint. I think Ty strives to set his up such that the solenoid just stays open, which would be done by a lower bubble rate I presume. He has said that this prolongs the life of his solenoid I believe. It's a personal call as to how you set things up and like I said you will get varying opinions. I control mine by setting the effluent rate and bubble rate constant and then I adjust the high/low Ph setpoints as needed to achieve the Alk I want.
  13. jolt

    Repeated cyanobacteria blooms

    I agree they look pretty good. I would say calcium could come up a bit and alk could come down a bit. Raising the Mg should help the calcium raise as well, you need the higher magnesium to achieve the higher calcium. I think the lower NO3 may be contributing a little to the cyano, because cyano can survive better in lower nitrate situations than other competitors. I try to keep mine closer to 5ppm. I see no reason why you should not continue to add coral with those parameters, as long as it is hardy coral. Then let the competition for those nutrients begin!
  14. I can't speak much to the carbon doser, I use a two stage regulator. For what it's worth, I keep the low side of the regulator around 40 PSI, and of course the high side is whatever is coming out of the bottle, which could be close to 1000 psi. I keep the bubble count about 1 per second (ish). I like to keep the effluent rate between 70-90 ml/sec. You will get a wide variety of opinions on setup though.
  15. jolt

    Jacob's Red Sea Reefer 350 Build

    Looking great!