Fishcrack: The bleaching has slowed, thanks for your experience. I have not started with MH
yet but I did cut down on the blue actinic lights to about 8 hours for now. My plan is to steadily increase their time then slowly work the mh
cmor1701d: I did not know what the ATC
model is but now that you mention it, it is, from the ads. I have attached (hope it works, my first attachment) the ebay file where I bought it. There was not much for insrtuctions and no markings on it. So because it is ATC
I just use it like I have been, keeping it between 34 and 36? No temperature adjustment? I can breath!
I did do my first pwc
yesterday (went well), I am using coral pro by red sea it says it has 440ppm ca
. I did not even notice it had trace minerals, I was just buying salt. I did not mean to by stuff with ca
but I did it right on accident. Ok, so if I just need pwc
for mineral balance what is all the stuff (calcium reactors, Co2
) on the market for? I assume it is for when you have lots of hard corals that require higher amounts of ca
, am I right.
Kurt: I mentioned the salt above, does that sound good to you? I am so excited that you do not think I need to wait that long. I saw a pic, I think it was on here, of a tank only 6 months old and it looked amazing.
I have used the xtalreef site to identify all of the hitchhiker we have had. That site is great! No bad ones yet. My husband has had more fun in the refugium than the tank. I do have some kind of polyp or zooanthis hitchhiker that survived the cycle. It is coming back slowly. I can't wait to see what it is going to be when it recovers.
I did order more rock from the dr. since you all mentioned do it all up front, it is easier and I do not want to cycle again. I had originally only bought about 40 # because of cost. I have 50# more coming on Friday. I have a tank ready to cycle them in, then I will add them to the main tank.
Still fighting the Aqua C protein skimmer. I think my biggest issue is that it is so dry here the water level does not stay the same. Could that be what is reeking havoc? One minute it is working great 5 hours later, nothing, and the level is not even visable. It not new, we bought it used too so I do not think a break in time applies. Thanks again, AA is GREAT