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    Ep12: Finally the 4-month cycle explained! | BRS/WWC System, Feb 20, 2019 at 11:19 AM
  1. randyBRS

    I hope you don't mind me copying/pasting my response to your same question from our #AskBRStv Facebook Group? ;)

    I personally wouldn't be concerned with the specific details of how/when/frequency of dosing bacterial supplements, but rather just add some to the tank to help give a leg up to the bacterial colony in a freshly started tank. I'm sure there is not enough data currently out there that says "dosing xx-strain of bacteria at xx-times per week will result in xxxx". Perhaps there are some benefits to certain strains above others and maybe even more benefits from how frequently or how much you add, but in the end the value to the average reefer is that you at least dose SOMETHING to help get the cycle going.

    That said, you can certainly follow the instructions on the bottle or follow how we did it for the BRS/WWC 750. Either way, I'm pretty sure you won't notice an apparent difference between each approach.

    As for the water changes, here's a couple of my thoughts.
    1) Water changes will likely not affect the bacterial colony or bacterial population in a noticeable capacity, due to the majority of the bacteria living on the surfaces of the rock, substrate, glass, bottom, filter media, etc. I wouldn't suspect any major amount of beneficial bacteria being free floating in the actual water column. (So, do water changes without fear of diminishing the bacteria.)

    2) Regardless of whether you plan to do water changes or some other method to a regular maintenance rhythm, the reason behind us suggesting to start that maintenance early is to simply get into the habit of doing it throughout the life of your tank. 10% water changes during the tank cycle has probably a pretty low impact on the cycle altogether and it's just good to work the kinks out of your own process in the early parts of the tank's life when the system is less forgiving about swinging parameters.
  2. SCA 94 Gal (60 x 18 x 20) Build Log, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Update on the tank, last picture before the canopy goes on. And yes I added a few corals also. Had a long discussion on #askbrstv Facebook page. Still amazed at how big this tank looks for only being a 94 gallon. I love these dimensions.

    One of the reasons I brought the Trachyphillia on the right over was it was the clown's host in the previous tank. It took about 6 months before they hosted it, but they were in love with it, slept in it, I hated separating them. The funny thing is they act like it doesn't exist right now. It's doing well, but maybe the clowns "reset" when they change environments.

  4. Nick's Waterbox 100.3, Feb 17, 2019 at 3:02 PM
  5. nickkohrn

    You’re welcome! If I can save another hobbyist from the frustrations that many of us have had with Waterbox, then I’m glad to help.

    You never know! Maybe she will enjoy having a system of her own that stands out to her because of a different design, color, or configuration. Regardless, I hope that she enjoys the hobby just as the rest of us do, and that you can share in that together.

    Thank you for the kind words! I’ll have an update this evening. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on everything this weekend.

    I saw a hobbyist, Harry Singer, post them in the #askBRStv Facebook group; he made them and sold them on eBay. It wasn’t cheap ($29), but I like that the pump won’t topple over, it won’t run dry, and I’ll get an alert when my top-off water is low since I have a sensor to integrate into the stand.
  6. #AskBRStv Livestreams now in PODCAST form!, Jan 28, 2019
  7. Bulk Reef Supply

    Can't catch the #AskBRStv Livestreams with Ryan and Randy? Just download and listen to them!

    We'll go back and release previous episodes, but for now the podcasts are out. :D

    #AskBRStv Live for iTunes

    #AskBRStv Live for Google Play

  8. Tank Modification Question, Jan 18, 2019
  9. truetricia

    If I go with this idea, I think I would hire someone to do it for me, rather than do it myself to minimize that possibility.

    Buying the same tank brand new at the LFS would run roughly $1K; his used one is about $350. A new 93g at the LFS would be about $500. I'll have to do a cost/risk assessment to decide which way will work best for me. I certainly don't want to save money upfront only to come home to a flooded condo.

    Still open to other ideas though!

    @Bulk Reef Supply Thoughts from the #askBRSTV crew?
  10. Tristian's Reef : 325 Gallon Build Prbly Flooding the Floor Again..., Jan 12, 2019
  11. Asonitez

    Tristian's Reef: (2019) - 350g Reef Update - Coral Eye Candy!

    Hey everyone I was overdue a reef update. Originally I was going to do one before New Years but life got in the way.

    This year I will be trying to get 1 new video out a week and I will also be doing more ReefTech videos since those were really popular last year.

    Thank You EVERYONE for all the support this past year. Its been an amazing Journey as a youtube creator and fellow reefer. I look forward to creating new original content this year.

    #nemosreef #upscaleaquatics #crystalreefaquatics #reef #fishtank #reef2reef #tristiansreef #saltwater #reeftank #saltwateraquarium #saltwatertank
    #allmymoneygoestofish #allmymoneygoestocoral #fishtanksofinstagram #poseidonreef
    #ecotech #neptunesystems #bulkreefsupply

  12. Why is no one importing the Dutch Synthetic Reefing products for the US market?, Dec 28, 2018
  13. zie2695

    Just to be clear, I'm in no way trying to push a product, just trying to see what my fellow reefers thought on the matter. The reason I asked here and on r2r is because of the large group of reefers I can potentially reach out to and after all this is #askbrstv and isn't there purpose to "put the products to the test"

    I don't need this method myself.
    I run a double display system on a shared refugim (150 and a 75 on an eshopps r-200 2nd gen) and I have not done a water change in about 3 years with the exception of an emergency 20% water change due to a 13-hour power outage. For the first two years I was dosing BRS 2 part to maintain calcium and alkalinity and dosing Red Sea Trace colors for Trace elements. For nutrient export I have a 3 types of calurpa and cheato in my refugim along with 2 mangroves ( mangroves don't do much )with a kessil h150 purple on 24/7, a really good protein skimmer because I carbon dose with homemade nopox, I have a GFO/carbon reactor, and a deep sand bed. My nitrates and phosphates are low and can be controlled through the amount of nopox I dose.
    The only thing that I have changed this last year is that I have gone from two part to a Calcium Reactor with two little fishes Reborn and two little fishes remag.

    I have a heavily mixed with Reef with LPS, SPS, sticks, and some very demanding anemones
  14. 2 part issues, Dec 28, 2018
  15. NewYorkReefer1988

    Thanks for your reply, I also shot this question off at #ASKbrstv on Facebook and someone linked me to the faq#38 on YouTube. It says that if you are dosing as much as I am on a low demand tank then it’s almost certainly the fact that I’m dosing as much as I am that’s the issue. Based on what BRS said in the video, that high a dose will cause the elements to not be able to fully resolve and will cause precipitation. Now that I’m looking for it I do see white crust building up here and there and my water is always kind of cloudy even though I use the rox 0.8 carbon so I’m pretty sure that’s the ticket. I am going to follow BRs’s advice and stop dosing for a day, then use the calculator to hand dose the proper amount and see what happens after the dose. Hopefully I see the levels rise to the corresponding amount... god I hope so lol! Thanks so much for the help though. I really appreciate it!
  16. BRS 2 Part Pharma Mixing Weights, Dec 26, 2018
  17. randyBRS

    Thanks for the question! I'm going to find this out today and get back to you, but even better.... this one is going to make the #AskBRStv video series for next week! I think this is a great quick tidbit to share with the entire community as well. :)
  18. ICP and neodymium, Dec 23, 2018
  19. Jstn

    I figured it would be an easy method, I’m sure NSW is super low and no one would want to dose it. Just had the idea it would
    Be an effective test to look for magnet leaching. Maybe #askbrstv could look into it ?