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Old 01-25-2013, 08:45 PM   #1011
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Another realization today...my sps are still brown. I can't believe I actually thought my marshall island latana was always brown with blue polyps, rather than yellow! I downloaded "Jonathan's Graph" to give a shot. This is a setup used by an ecotech employee, I don't know his exact credentials, but there seem to be many people using it in several forums, from Reef Central to Ecotech's forums. If I remember correctly the peak intensity on my setup is around 80, where Jonathan's is 100. Shouldn't be too big of a stretch to just switch over to a different graphing of lights on/off.

The skimmer is skimming and the GFO and Purigen are going strong, the increased flow through the dual reactor is helping keep the GFO from clumping up. Red bone grass is growing in the fuge, along with hair algae on the side of the glass (as well as in the tank). Feeding is minimal, so I'm not really sure how there is still issues like this. Browned sps, hair algae, and cyano in my overflow tells me there is a nutrient problem! Just not sure where it is coming from, especially with all the flow in the tank along with all the other filtration slapped onto this setup. Maybe I should just start buying one of the MP40's that I want for the future upgrade...feedback much appreciated.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:07 AM   #1012
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I'm thinking the problem is just water changes. Not that you don't do them enough, but just because of the quality of water your working with. The color won't improve much with more flow. That's lighting and nutrients. I'd somehow get better water unless that's been completely fixed, then I have no idea, sorry.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:11 PM   #1013
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Well the flow was more of an attempt at the polyps that just closed up recently. Guess when I mix my water up tomorrow ill make it a double batch and see if that addresses the issue. That should be the end of my current batch of di resin as well. Gather up distilled from giant eagle if I have to for it, though I have 8 gallons I'm sitting on currently. Ill brainstorm some more.
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Struggles with the Radions today. Had to update the firmware when I went to mess with it and they flipped out. Took about an hour of hard resetting them to get them to take the updates separately and then to update the graph to match Jonathan's graph. Today is day 1 of assuming my graph was wrong and using one of the ones from Ecotech will solve issues. Water changes to follow.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:26 PM   #1015
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Struggles with the Radions today. Had to update the firmware when I went to mess with it and they flipped out. Took about an hour of hard resetting them to get them to take the updates separately and then to update the graph to match Jonathan's graph. Today is day 1 of assuming my graph was wrong and using one of the ones from Ecotech will solve issues. Water changes to follow.
Those lights sound really high tech! I hope the new graph works for you!
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #1016
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Sadly, my main issue isn't lighting. It is my phosphates and tds.
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Sadly, my main issue isn't lighting. It is my phosphates and tds.
Yes, but the lights sound like they rock. You'll eventually get the other things fixed. I think you're on the right track. Just keep on keeping on and it'll all work out.
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How are you liking the purigen in your system? Hope your get your lights sorted. Radio a sound great.
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I like the purigen. It is pretty cool stuff and gets a real nice tumble going in my reactor. Gets all through the sponges in them though. I don't even bother trying to recharge the stuff, it's only 15 bucks. I currently run it with Gfo, but with how awful my water is I'd consider upping the Gfo to a higher grade Gfo or another option if it exists.

In terms of the radions they are doing what they are supposed to. It'll take some getting used to them being on from 10-11 rather than 6-7, but whatever in all reality. I just want my coral color to improve. A small number are ok and the rest can easily be brighter I think. Just wish there was another reefer near me to look at it and tell me if I'm paranoid about it and overreacting or not.
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How's the mandarin doing? I saw a green mandarin at the new fish place. He was beautiful! Fat as can be. I commented how pretty he was but heard they are picky eaters and don't like frozen (trying to guage how knowledgeable the new staff at the new store is) and she said "yeah. But this is a tank raised one and he happily eats frozen mysis." I about fell over sideways and wished I had a bigger tank so I could have him!
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