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Old 01-14-2016, 12:48 PM   #11
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Nice set up!
If I wasn't knee deep breeding I would be right there with you.
I have never run a sump I haven't modified.
The concept of changing order to reduce nitrates is interesting to me to say the least.
Will/is their any way you can note a difference.
Even something as simple as how much nitrates the filter used to generate.
The issue I'm currently having is that my water tests are good, but the amount of algae and now cyano has returned, tells me different.

Just logically it makes sense that if x amount of waste/ammonia is broken down to X amount of nitrate, then the less initial waste/ammonia presented to the bacteria for nitrification, than the lower the final amount of nitrate produced.
That is the main benefit of having a protein skimmer, it can literally remove a lot of dissolved organic substances before they ever have a chance to be broken down.


Right now because I disrupted everything, (moved/rinsed the bio rock, pulled about 2lbs of chaeto algae out of the refugium) stuff is a little askew, needs a few more days to settle back down.

Water clarity is already a lot better.
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I know my setup may seem like overkill and a bit over the top, but I get about 60% of my enjoyment out of the hobby by building/designing stuff myself, and I've saved a ton of $$$$ by doing so.


Plus redundancy is never bad thing in stuff like fish keeping.
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I know my setup may seem like overkill and a bit over the top, but I get about 60% of my enjoyment out of the hobby by building/designing stuff myself, and I've saved a ton of $$$$ by doing so.


Plus redundancy is never bad thing in stuff like fish keeping.
I feel the same way.
I have DIYd many things and always wanted more filter area and such.
Breeding (FW) has become a great replacement for me to all the building and changing.
Besides you know you got it going on there....can't change too much now??
Still room for addition.

One of the reef guys at my LFS said if anyone would have a 10 gallon reef with a 180 g filter it would be you !
All I could say was "I wish"!

Definitely following along...
On the side you had the ruby red dragonet huh???
I never saw one before yours.
I have always kept mandarins successfully...
My LFS got ruby reds the other month for their first time ever!
I thought of yours in the 6 g and pulled the trigger !
Thanks for sharing about yours!
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