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  1. I have a frag tank about 6 feet away from the litter box, display is in another room. Frag tank is pretty empty right now, basically just raising trochus snails. No issues with snails and no algae problems (probably thanks to the snails). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I’m convinced now. I have a cat also, and make water in the same room as the litter box. So I just did my own experiment. I left an uncovered 16oz sample of freshly mixed water right next to the litter box over night... sure enough it measured .2 ammonia. I then measured the water in my mixing brute that i keep covered with a lid, and it was still 0. Could just be the difference of water volume in sample containers. The brute lid is nowhere near an airtight fit, but I’ve always kept my water covered (mostly for the cat hair and dust), and have never noticed any issues. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I’d still be interested to see if those results would be the same with water from another source other than your tap. I could be totally wrong... but you’ve peaked my curiosity. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. have you tried leaving out a sample of distilled water (or any store bought water), and then testing for ammonia? I really think you may have a chloramine issue. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I have a kitty litter box just a few feet away from my water storage. Just tested ammonia to check, but it’s zero. I think the issue is more likely due to chloramines causing ammonia gas to get through rodi, then converting to liquid as the stored water gasses off. I run dual carbon blocks and dual di. Check out the brstv video. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. can’t dose 2 part in ato, you can with kalkwasser though Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I had similar trouble with sps around the 8 month mark. I think the higher alk in a low nutrient newer system is very likely an issue. I’ve had much better luck at 7.5dkh. Also when you say dosing when needed, I assume you are dosing by hand? Find the daily required amount and dose on a daily schedule, not just “when needed”. Stability is key, and avoid alk swings. I’d also get rid of the phosban and other aggressive nutrient reduction. I’ve had nothing but trouble with uln in a newer system (dinos, pale corals, ect). I’d just stick with Skimmer and refugium. Let the tank mature and only add more nutrient reduction when you have nutrients to reduce. LFS water is also a potential unknown. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. The 55w uv is quite large, but you should be able to rig it over the tank. Doesn’t have to be pretty, just a temporary fixture. UV is only effective on certain strains of dino, and you should see results in a couple days if it’s helping (some report within 24 hours). UV did not help much for mine, which I believe are amphidinium. PM me if you want to give it a try. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. +1 absolutely stop carbon dosing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. i’m in alexandria and have a cheap microscope i got for my dino battle. Also have a jeboa 55w UV. You’re welcome to borrow both. My dino battle is mostly under control now. Do you have any pics of your dinos? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. what kind of nori are you feeding? If it’s not specifically for fish, make sure it doesn’t have flavoring/additives. Are snails dying also? Do you have a picture of the algae, could you have dinoflagellates? Also, if you’re not quarantining it may just be coincidence that those fish were the ones to succumb to some parasite/disease. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. looks like bacterial or fungal infection. Would check out the link below for treatment options. Kanaplex or metroplex might be the best bet. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/bacterial-infections.191511/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. hmm, found him on the tank bottom, not sure which coral was his home... but i’ll leave him in the QT tank and see if he makes it Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I’ve had a single female emerald crab in my coral/invert QT for several months. Just spotted this baby crab. Is it a baby emerald? Or a pest crab I should remove? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. My phosphates did hit 0 for a bit, but nitrate was around 10. Now they are more balanced at po4 .03 no3 2-5ish. Dealing with some hair algae now, but corals are doing much better. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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