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mooch1982
03/28/2013, 04:59 PM
Any reason not to do this? Anyone actually do this?

It would supply the tank with a continuous diluted form of AA. At least that was the thinking......

disc1
03/28/2013, 05:06 PM
You mean Amino acids? Bacteria will probably eat them up in the top off before they ever get to the tank.

sleepydoc
03/28/2013, 05:37 PM
Maybe it's alcoholics anonymous. He must have a pretty big ATO tank to host a meeting... :spin2:

mooch1982
03/28/2013, 09:05 PM
Haha, yes Amino Acids.

Why would the topoff have bacteria? Top off canister gets replenished every 4 days so I doubt any bacteria colonies grow in that little time. I may be wrong however....

bigfish14
03/28/2013, 09:16 PM
Maybe it's alcoholics anonymous. He must have a pretty big ATO tank to host a meeting... :spin2:

I don't know if that is really funny or if I am just really tired, but that made my night :lmao:

disc1
03/28/2013, 09:30 PM
Haha, yes Amino Acids.

Why would the topoff have bacteria?

Bacteria are everywhere. you don't think your top off water is sterile do you?

Top off canister gets replenished every 4 days so I doubt any bacteria colonies grow in that little time. I may be wrong however....

You'd be dead wrong. With good conditions and growth media I can saturate a culture in six or eight hours. In your top off water it will be slower than that. Well, unless you add a food source like say amino acids.

bertoni
03/28/2013, 10:26 PM
I agree that bacteria likely would consume the amino acids fairly quickly. Using Kalkwasser as ATO can prevent that, but it has other issues. :)

mooch1982
03/29/2013, 06:23 AM
Okay thanks guys.

I want to automate Amino dosing. Has anyone tried using a dosing pump to dose daily. I know the Marine Majic pumps (http://www.marinemagic-online.com/catalog/item/8196440/9377854.htm) can dose by droplet. Setting the timer to come on for 1-3 seconds per day could probably work.

An concerns with doing this?

bertoni
03/30/2013, 03:57 PM
If the amino acids have a preservative to keep them from decaying, that dosing approach might work. I don't think it'd do much harm if watched carefully. A large overdose is about the only risk.

Touring
03/30/2013, 07:32 PM
I do it with phytoplankton. Everytime I fill up the ATO water I just put a squeeze fill inside. Coral seem to like it. No issues