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  • Birthday 11/21/1960

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  1. Cripes that's low. Scales somewhat nicely if salinity were at 24 ppt but that's really concerning for water mixed to 35 ppt. Is magnesium really low in your batch?
  2. Isaac, 1 dKH per day is not uncommon when things are stable and your SPS finally begins to take off. You're probably getting close to wanting a doser or to manually dose a few times a day to minimize fluctuations.
  3. Been out a while. Still out actually. Will return to DC area on Saturday. Anyway, Paul, the fort reminds me of me and a few neighbor kids growing up on base years ago (when we were Navy brats). Anyway, Public Works had started a small excavation near a small storage facility across the street from our homes. When we saw it, the workers had left. So we grabbed our dads' shovels and proceeded to enlarge the hole horizontally, making a cave right under the cement slab. We thought it was so cool, until base security caught on and had PW backfill the hole. Looking back, it wasn't the brightest thing to be doing - digging under the slab of a building where a bunch of compressed gas cylinders were stored.... but, hey, we had fun and 50+ years later we have a story to tell. Making forts with your buds was just something you did as a kid back then.
  4. Years ago, some aquarists reported high ammonia, phosphates and other stuff coming from Rubbermaid Roughneck trashcans made from recycled plastics. Historically, the gray-colored Brute cans have been safe. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  5. Good luck with that, Paul. I have faith that you'll manage to keep it going. In fact, I'm counting on it.
  6. Ha! Yes, probably is a bit much right now. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  7. Send a PM to WAMAS member freshfins. She's active in the freshwater scene and can probably help with advice. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  8. We have calcium reactors. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  9. I don't know the product, but I can picture it in my head with the great description that you gave. Except for what sounds like an integrated (and possibly clear) return from the last to the first chamber, it sounds like a standard multi-chambered display tank for stores.
  10. The only difference with the freshwater vial tested with ATI is alkalinity, I believe. (I contacted them with that question a while back.) Otherwise it's pretty much the same as the saltwater sample. You're free to submit any water in the freshwater sample. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  11. But, in the end, you made it. Victory! Write again tomorrow, if you can make it to the keyboard. [emoji4] Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
  12. If you're concerned about chromium n your salt mix, then you'll have to use ICP testing. That's not to say that there's any evidence that says elevated chromium has any detrimental effect on our tanks. It just says that you're unlikely to find a test kit to test for that element. I don't run ICP tests unless I'm establishing a baseline or if something is not right and it's nothing that I can test for myself. I'm on a well, so I tested my tank and well (after my water softener) water in one test, and newly mixed saltwater and my RO (but not DI) water in another. The reason for stacking the tests this way was to trace the source of levated nickel in my tank that I blamed for some cases of STN.
  13. Note: Some systems can do quite well with PO4 levels higher than 30 ppb.
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