Originally Posted by Gregcoyote
The balance between blue and white is more cosmetic, so dial in what looks good to you. Make any adjustments slowly if you already have some SPS
. Water changes are the first line of defense from phosphates using RO
water. Many folks, including me, use a mixture of things to further reduce it, like GFO
and products like Purigen. I don't tend to go with more aggressive methods and like using organic binding agents like these. My algae scrubber/skimmer only pushes my phosphates to .4 ppm
, so I use GFO
and Purigen to get it down under .05 ppm
. I have a very large coral and fish bio load, so I have to be pretty thorough to grow SPS
in the system, but it all works. BRS sells a inexpensive reactor for these products.
With LEDs you have options for your par which is a big advantage. They can be cranked up to help bring more par to the bottom. Sps
is very temperamental. I lost two or three frags while the others took off right next to them.
Weekly water changes and a Gfo
reactor will help stop the phosphates from rising and if you are still having problems, try a refugium. It will help drastically especially with water quality. You have some good things going for you so maybe just some tweaking and fine tuning. I actually use the BRS reactor as Greg said above and it works wonderfully. No problems and very affordable. If you were running one before maybe you could just hook it back up and start from there. Good luck.