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Old 10-08-2011, 11:28 PM   #11
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I've never used copper in the tank, that was in the quarantine tank.
I did however use quick cure, which has malachite green and formalin as it's active ingredients. Any problems with those?
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:28 AM   #12
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One small correction. Corals that have algae in their tissues can produce sugar for energy without consuming external food. This can maintain the size of the coral, but not grow it as sugar gives energy but does not grow tissue, that takes more complex organic molecules. Your corals will be eating even if you don't intentionally feed them. The small particles that come from the fish food, or when you clean the glass on your tank will introduce tiny bits of material the corals will catch and devour.

So when it's said that they live with just light hitting them using photosynthesis, that isn't the full story. But the problems introduced by flooding the tank with clouds of filter feeding coral food, while it can increase coral growth, it js often at the cost of water quality. That's why most people keep corals that do fine with bright light and the leftovers from fish feedings. As said earlier, there are corals like sun corals that grow in darkness, like the insides of sunken ships, that depend entirely on captured foods.
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Old 10-09-2011, 08:49 AM   #13
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Good! I'm glad I was mixed up. Lol. But I don't know anything about the stuff you used.
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:26 AM   #14
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Well, looks like i'm moving towards my goal!

I just bought some more salt, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate test kits, a phosphate reactor, pump, and some tubing.

I'll run some carbon and GFO in the reactor just cause and get started on my reef build soon!
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It's a real pain to grow a reef, a real pain. Lots of work, expense, constantly checking on everything. But it is sure fun when it works.
And you get a honorary minor in chemistry.
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Old 10-14-2011, 01:47 AM   #16
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I got my media reactor today and put some activated carbon and GFO in it.

My test readings as of now are:

Amm: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: ~20
pH: 8.0
SG: 1.023
ca: 470
mg: 1500
phosphate: 0

I think I have a bad nitrate test kit or something. I can never get it below 20 and I am doing everything right. And I am doing weekly 30% PWC. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and get one of those pen nitrate readers.

My calcium and magnesium seem high, don't they? Are they within acceptable ranges?

I am hesitant to add any corals, mostly because of the nitrate.
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Wait a few weeks for the gfo to kick in. It takes about 3 weeks. Your nitrates will drop
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:42 AM   #18
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gfo will lower the nitrates?
i have some chaeto in the sump, thinking of adding some caluerpa
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you really dont need gloves unless your fragging. Your not gonna have your hands in the tank constantly playing with the coral...
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Your SG looks a bit low to me. I have been told it should be 1.025-1.026. Some keep it even a bit higher.
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