Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-24-2010, 01:44 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
24/7 won't hurt the chaeto for now. You can switch it back later as you find out what works best for you...
__________________

__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2010, 08:46 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AdamHorton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 575
Here are my params:

Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
pH: 8.4
Alk: 3.0 mEq/L
Temp: 78 F
SG: 1.027
Phosphate: 0.3-0.4 ppm

The nitrate is a little interesting. I have two nitrate test kits, and here were the results I got:

Red Sea Marine Lab: 20-25 ppm
API: 0-5 ppm

I did a control with saltwater that I use for water changes. Red Sea gave 0 ppm, API gave 0-5 ppm. I've gotten nitrate measurements that I trust from both test kits before, so I don't know what to think. Also, I used up the last of one of the reagents in the Red Sea test kit for these tests. I'm really not sure which number to believe. I'll be taking a water sample by my LFS tomorrow after work.

There's another thread I have, related to the nitrates in my FW planted tank and these test kits, in case it's relevant: Algae issues with plants
__________________

__________________
-Adam Horton-
AdamHorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 09:57 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AdamHorton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 575
I figured out the issues with the nitrate test kit. Nitrates are at around 20-30 ppm.
__________________
-Adam Horton-
AdamHorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 02:11 AM   #14
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Do tell, what was the issue. Others may be having the same type of problem.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 06:15 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AdamHorton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 575
The difference involved me following the directions more closely and shaking the living crap out of the ingredients that it told me to shake.
__________________
-Adam Horton-
AdamHorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 10:43 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Aquarium1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Central Kentucky
Posts: 8,617
Send a message via Skype™ to Aquarium1
Yep, I use to have trouble with that too lol.
Aquarium1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 02:11 PM   #17
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Ah, RTFM! We all do that sometimes.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 03:43 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
The most important thing is to be consistant in your testing so that you get the same level of accuracy.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 03:50 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AdamHorton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 575
Right, the API test kit is obviously more sensitive to that, since I never had any troubles with the Red Sea test kit... I would shake the bottles, but this time I timed myself shaking the bottle for the *whole* minute it told me to, and it matched the numbers that I expected to get.

...I'm assuming that the changes I've made should help out the chaeto, and the params aren't too much of a cause for alarm? I'll update about a week after starting the increased lighting of course, but I just wanted to make sure I shouldn't be changing anything else right now.
__________________
-Adam Horton-
AdamHorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2010, 03:21 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
AdamHorton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 575
Update: the chaeto has turned a nice green color where it wasn't looking so good before. I'm also starting to see some new growth on one side, it isn't much, but it's something.

I also am seeing some pods on the chaeto ball and on some of the LR that's there in the refugium. This is exciting for me because this is the first sign that my tank is starting to turn into a "mature" tank.

I've tried taking pictures of both of these things, but they're too small for me to get a picture to turn out well.
__________________

__________________
-Adam Horton-
AdamHorton is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
chaeto, light, lighting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chaeto lighting - still no growth Scoot Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 06-30-2006 07:20 PM
lighting for fuge chaeto ? Mghslowell Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 05-19-2006 01:53 AM
Angel laying on ground and tumbling around Volker Cichlid Discussion 12 10-21-2005 01:12 AM
Lighting for Chaeto SkinnyPete General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 4 09-24-2005 05:09 PM
Chaeto Lighting questions cj10488 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 04-09-2004 11:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.