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Old 12/06/2018, 11:06 AM   #226
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Looks like it has progressed nicely! Well done!

I wonder if running Ozone would help with water clarity. Maybe get you that little bump in par on the sandbed for your LPS.


Thank you!

Iíve never used Ozone but I have a general understanding of how it helps with water clarity. I remember asking about it when I originally ordered the skimmer. I canít remember now whether I have to make any modifications to the slimmer to add in the ozone other than some sort of input line.

I assume that clearer water would allow for a more uniform penetration of PAR vs water depth? Itís definitely something to look into some time in the future.


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Old 12/07/2018, 10:16 AM   #227
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Thank you!

Iíve never used Ozone but I have a general understanding of how it helps with water clarity. I remember asking about it when I originally ordered the skimmer. I canít remember now whether I have to make any modifications to the slimmer to add in the ozone other than some sort of input line.

I assume that clearer water would allow for a more uniform penetration of PAR vs water depth? Itís definitely something to look into some time in the future.

You'd need ORP on the tank. Max you want is around 450. If you don't have a UV you could try that, it will bring ORP and clarity up first. I'm not really so keen on running ozone on a skimmer even though most of them are compatible. You really should run the effluent and air out of the reactor through carbon. While ozone breaks down almost immediately in saltwater it leaves behind toxic oxidants so you want to take them out before discharge. Air leaving the mixing chamber will contain ozone and that's harmful to you and your wife...

Interestingly enough... IIRC running ozone alone doesn't really do much to DOCs but running ozone treated water through carbon effectively doubles the efficiency of the carbon.

Here is a great read on ozone. I've used it on several tanks in the past and have thought about running on my current system.
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-03/rhf/index.php

I once accidentally overdosed an aquarium with ozone and it nuked my plague of anthellia as far as I could tell nothing else was impacted,


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Old 08/22/2019, 07:35 PM   #228
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Anything new happening with the tank?


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Old 08/24/2019, 02:23 PM   #229
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Anything new happening with the tank?


Thanks for asking. There have been a lot of ups and downs. My new business has really picked up which is good and bad. Bad because I have less time to dink around with the tank. Working 6-7 days a week now.

Iíll be heading to Australia in Oct. Diving on the GBR! Thatís part of the reason Iím working nonstop to make some commitments to clients.

Iím doing a little maintenance today. 10 mile run this morning to keep my wife happy. Doesnít help with my energy levels! Slam some more coffee and drive on...

Some of the recent challenges:
-SPS are hanging in there but not happy. I watch chemistry closely and have tried adjusting the Radions for intensity and duration. Couldnít hit that magic solution.

-based on other hobbyists input, I was chasing nitrate and phosphate levels. They were undetectable since I started the tank. Iíve had zero problems with nuisance algae in the display.

-I started trying boosting nitrate to levels recommended by some local ďexpertsĒ. Guess what followed? Algae explosion Iím battling now.

-I finally got fed up trying to force the Radions to work with my SPS. I tried them for over two years. I know they work for some people, but I just canít get things set right. No matter what I tried, I couldnít keep anything blue? Cali and Oregon Torts are probably my favorite and I just couldnít get them to survive under LED. Reds loved it! Iím sure thereís user error there, but Iíve lost the mental energy to fight spectrum settings any longer. So, ordered x4 250watt MH. Radion 14k bulbs. Had to rework my T5-HO a little to fit in the new fixtures. I now have x10 48Ē T5-HO bulbs over the display along with the MH. Most coral did well with the transition. I did loose a Red Dragon and Ice and Fire Echinata. Otherwise, the SPS seems to be happier. Iím still slowly increasing the duration for MH. At about 4.5 hrs a day now. Probably wonít go much more.

-had to supplement air flow to compensate for the heat from the MH. So far, that has worked well during the local heat wave. No chiller, which was my biggest concern. Bunch of fans controlled by the Apex and triggered by temp settings.

-Alk / Ca consumption went up drastically after MH which is a clear sign that something likes the new lights.

-The MH transition probably made the algae problem worse. I have a ton of growth on the substrate. Thatís my focus on cleaning up now. Itís growing on the rock some which scares me more. I want to get it off the substrate so that the clowns can focus on where it matters.

-I have the following tangs in QT: Powder Blue, Clown, Naso, Orange Shoulder, Scopas. Theyíre all pigs and I canít wait to get them in the display. The Blue is a jerk. Heís in his own tank. The others are all getting along well. I introduce them mid September.

-Also working on boosting my CUC population.

-have a growing Anthia population with groups of Bimaculatus, Lyretail, and Bartletts


So, with all of the ups and downs, Iím returning to what worked for me in the past. Iím going to ignore all of the advise I have gotten from local ďexpertsĒ. I have the lighting combination I know works. Nothing much to adjust. Iíll stay on top of the algae and make small adjustments as needed.


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Old 09/07/2019, 09:44 PM   #230
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Thanks for posting the update. This hobby certainly has its ups and downs. Please keep posting when you can - your set up is awesome and inspiring.

What is the flooring in the fish room and where did you get it? How is it working out? Many thanks. Ed


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Old 09/08/2019, 07:03 AM   #231
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I just found your thread. Please keep posting.

Thanks

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Old 09/08/2019, 04:37 PM   #232
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Thanks for posting the update. This hobby certainly has its ups and downs. Please keep posting when you can - your set up is awesome and inspiring.



What is the flooring in the fish room and where did you get it? How is it working out? Many thanks. Ed


Thanks for the encouragement.

Clown tang didnít survive the transfer. Was supper happy in QT with others. Big bummer.

The flooring is G-Floor garage flooring. I would guess itís impervious to moisture except on seems and edges. Itís designed to drive on so itís resilient. Iíve been happy with it and itís not too slippery when wet. I did silicone the edges to the baseboard in the room but hard to tell if it really bonded without tearing things apart to check.

Ordered it through Home Depot.

Iíve flooded the room a few times and I just use a broom to push all of the water to the floor drain.


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Old 09/08/2019, 04:39 PM   #233
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Thanks Dean. Hopefully things will slow down with my business soon (should I be hoping for that?). So that I can post some photo updates. Not too much change so not a lot to see. But maybe I can capture some of the growing colonies and fish chaos.


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