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madweazl

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  1. madweazl

    Weazl's 50g mixed, uhh, something

    This little yellow austera has done really well the past year. 14 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2019
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    Lowering Alk (And how did it get so high?!)

    It will only lower the alkalinity if the mix being used is lower in alkalinity (most are 9.5+).
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    Instant Ocean Salt deal

    I keep calcium and magnesium levels right where it mixes up so it works out great for me after I adjust the alkalinity. Everything is a bit low right now because there was a growth spurt while I was out of town and I also missed a water change during that period.
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    Question about setting up a refugium

    At that size and running only fours per day, I doubt it is making any measurable difference.
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    Instant Ocean Salt deal

    Nice!
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    Instant Ocean Salt deal

    I thought that one went offline yesterday?
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    Lowering Alk (And how did it get so high?!)

    Yep. You can get it in the pool supply area of most home improvement stores. I don't think the brand makes any difference (I have two different ones in the garage I use). The only issue is the amount of hydrochloric acid (they range from 20% to about 33% typically) so you know how much to dose. I use the low fume (20%) stuff and store it in a little bottle so it's easier to manage.
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    Question about setting up a refugium

    I'm not sure what the magic number is; ours is roughly 12% of system volume and has worked quite well up until just recently. Phosphates have been on the rise since I started feeding whole clams with the introduction of the copperband butterfly. It seems to be able to hold them steady but cant reduce them. I imagine that is due (at least in part) to the low nitrates as well (<1ppm).
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    Instant Ocean Salt deal

    Double thanks!
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    Lowering Alk (And how did it get so high?!)

    I only mentioned it because the muriatic acid may save you an appreciable amount of money compared to dosing the calcium and magnesium levels back to your desired range. If it is something you're interested in, 3ml of low fume muriatic acid (20% hydrochloric acid) will drop the alkalinity of 5g of fresh mixed water approximately 3 dKh (full strength is about 2.2ml if I remember correctly).
  11. madweazl

    Lowering Alk (And how did it get so high?!)

    Regular old Instant Ocean has been working great for me but I think you're running elevated calcium and magnesium levels? IO should mix up at around 425 calcium and 1330 magnesium.
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    Lowering Alk (And how did it get so high?!)

    You can use muriatic acid to bring the alkalinity of your Reef Crystals down to a desired level. It will require some time to de-gas CO2 after it's added so the pH can return to normal levels but I typically let it mix for a day prior to use anyways and it's always been fine (not sure what the minimum time would be as I've never bothered to find out).
  13. I stick to the refractometer and check calibration before each use; it only takes 45 seconds and leaves me no doubt.
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    Question about setting up a refugium

    Is the sump 10g or just the refugium compartment? If the sump is 10g, that doesnt leave much room for a refugium; depending on the size of the display, it may not be worth running one at all. This was my last design; it only has the extra over under to support some sort of media (i.e. sponge) before the return pump (I don't run one now but thought it may be useful at some point) but the last piece (furthest right) could be removed as well.
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    Divers Den

    Just because they're difficult to keep, doesn't mean they're difficult to catch and sell. Fish that are difficult to catch, bring to the surface properly, and successfully transport command higher prices. I generally shy away from the difficult fish/inverts because I don't want to kill any more (I've killed more than my share) but I recently picked up a copperband butterfly for the first time after being in the hobby well over 20 years. Knock on wood, it has been doing well but I've only had it about eight months at this point. I am happy that I had the opportunity to acquire one.
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