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    This is such a unique tank -- pictures are really only the way to even discuss it -- so keep them coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clownfish Chris View Post
    Take some craft mesh and wrap it around that powerhead. That will prevent the nem from getting chopped up.

    Being as you are are new to the hobby, I would recommend you start with zoas and shrooms. Learn to test for Calsium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Phosphate and Nitrate. Dont use API kits. Most people like salifert. Red Sea makes good kits too.

    After being able able to get consistent results then learn how to manipulate those parameters. You want to be able to have stable parameters before you add Anything other than soft coral.

    Nitrate and phosphate are essentially nutrients where as alk, cal, and mag are coral skeleton building compounds.

    To maintain nutrients, think of nutrient export through harvesting macroalgae and use of a protein skimmer. The other three will drop with growth of coralline algae and Stoney coral.
    Quick question: are API kits really that bad?

    They are so much cheaper that I wouldnít be surprised if they were. But... they are so much cheaper! Star ratings seem to be high online too. My LFS uses API 5 in 1 test strips and I was thinking about getting those.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nels0nico View Post
    Quick question: are API kits really that bad?

    They are so much cheaper that I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. But... they are so much cheaper! Star ratings seem to be high online too. My LFS uses API 5 in 1 test strips and I was thinking about getting those.


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    API test kits just don't have a very accurate range of results, excluding calcium. When half a point of difference for Alk can make a world of difference when it cones to things like parameter swings, a test kit that's +\- a half point just isn't the tool for the job.

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    That's one of the few things you can't really cheap out on is a test kit. I recommend salifert or red Sea. Salifert is more user friendly in my opinion


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    Thanks Clownfish Chris, Cody, and johntdaballa for replies on testing. Found this other thread on this same sub-forum to be helpful as well.

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    Algae (with a hard G)!

    Gonna battle this out. Scrub with a brush and siphon out with water change this weekend. Also, going to stop adding API quick start, Iíve read that can contribute to bloom.

    My dad gets back in town this weekend and hopefully I can install my lights and power heads with him. I have to prop the tank up and work from underneath, will need his help. I think that should curtail the bloom as well. Then I will add cleanup crew and finally anemone.

    Iím also going to LFS to see what they have as far as testing. They surprise me sometimes. Def not getting strips. Going to do more research and get a better grasp on things before I get anything other than nitrate test.

    Picture for algae reference. Any suggestions are appreciated as always. Thanks!


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    ALGAE


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    Water change and scrub last night. Scrubbed off all the algae from tank, only have algae on live rock. Not sure how much to scrub there, donít want to scrub off nice purple algae.

    Bought API nitrate test, levels look to be as low as can be.

    Posting picture of two weeks worth of skimmate from Reef Glass skimmer. Been sort of worried as to whether this model skimmer will be sufficient for the tank. It smelled really bad, thatís for sure. The reef glass skimmer calls for a wetter skimmate so as not to clog the mechanism. Any idea as to whether this skimmate looks sufficient?

    Overall, nothing else new to report.







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    Got a Red Sea PH and Alk kit.

    Alk=11
    PH=8.2

    Iíll keep on testing. Wondering if Alk is higher (BRStv recommends 8.5) because I have no coral consuming carbonate.


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