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    Disappointing PAR Readings - New Lights Needed?, Jul 12, 2017
  1. dmw913

    7/12/2017 Update: "I'm a dumb *** - a cautionary tale." **Cross-posted from my build thread**

    Ok, I've gone on and on about being meticulous in planning, maintenance and most all things for the tank because I want to be successful. I've also invested a bunch of money that I don't want wasted, right?! I test regularly, try to educate myself as to most things reef and overall do a good job. Hell, I have a PAR meter in an effort to be on point...

    Imagine my surprise, embarrassment, frustration when I got a new bottle of calibration solution for my refractometer as I had been out for a little while and recalibrated to find that my hydrometer was wildly off which in turn made my tank water exceptionally low in salinity. No wonder I have been struggling. Grrrrr. I'm as mad at myself for not having extra solution on hand and trusting the refractometer would hold it's calibration for a moment, frustrated at chasing my tail over certain issues only to have a major, fundamental issue staring me in the face and missing it, and super sad that I've likely stressed my fish and corals all while looking for other issues. #forestfortreesmuch?!

    In any event, I'm fixing the problem and moving on from here as we all do when we have a setback in this hobby while trying to take some lessons from it. I received my sodium nitrate in the mail and mixed up a solution according to the math found at https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/sodium-nitrate-dosing.271540/ (Big thanks to @drawman and @Randy Holmes-Farley for the math! I would have had no idea how to do it without that thread.) I had an extra Sodastream bottle that is exactly 1 liter and very sturdy so it makes a great container for the solution. I've also received my BRS 2 part + Mg and gotten that all mixed.

    I've also ordered more calibration solution...

    I'll get the salinity of the tank back to where it needs to be, finish dialing in all the rest of the parameters, survey the damage and report back.

    As an aside on the lighting issue, obviously should not make any lighting changes until tank params are stable and I have the ability to ascertain if I actually even have a lighting problem...

    D
  2. Denise's Halcyon Red Sea Reefer Protobuild 3/25/17, Jul 12, 2017
  3. dmw913

    7/12/2017 Update: "I'm a dumb *** - a cautionary tale."

    Ok, I've gone on and on about being meticulous in planning, maintenance and most all things for the tank because I want to be successful. I've also invested a bunch of money that I don't want wasted, right?! I test regularly, try to educate myself as to most things reef and overall do a good job. Hell, I have a PAR meter because I'm trying to monitor conditions at a high level...

    Imagine my surprise, embarrassment, frustration when I got a new bottle of calibration solution for my refractometer as I had been out for a little while and recalibrated to find that my hydrometer was wildly off which in turn made my tank water exceptionally low in salinity. No wonder I have been struggling. Grrrrr. I'm as mad at myself for not having extra solution on hand and trusting the refractometer would hold it's calibration for a moment, frustrated at chasing my tail over certain issues only to have a major, fundamental issue staring me in the face and missing it, and super sad that I've likely stressed my fish and corals all while looking for other issues. #forestfortreesmuch?!

    In any event, I'm fixing the problem and moving on from here as we all do when we have a setback in this hobby while trying to take some lessons from it. I received my sodium nitrate in the mail and mixed up a solution according to the math found at https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/sodium-nitrate-dosing.271540/ (Big thanks to @drawman and @Randy Holmes-Farley for the math! I would have had no idea how to do it without that thread.) I had an extra Sodastream bottle that is exactly 1 liter and very sturdy so it makes a great container for the solution. I've also received my BRS 2 part + Mg and gotten that all mixed.

    I've also ordered more calibration solution...

    I'll get the salinity of the tank back to where it needs to be, finish dialing in all the rest of the parameters, survey the damage and report back.

    D
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