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Monthly update: probably my last for a few months. Everything is going well. Levels are stable apart from a little alk rise when I was out of town. Added some clams that are having a little trouble adjusting. Added a avast plank to feed regularly, it works great. Highly reccomended. My power filter is keeping the water crystal clear, I love that thing. And, I’ve dropped my photoeriod from 11 to 1.

looking forward to it growing out and getting some more fish over the next 6 months or so, slowly raising the intensity 10-20%, and getting those clams in good health. Might suck out some of the sand bed as it’s accumulating some detritus.


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Starting in Jan I started having a few corals die off that should not have. My tank stopped consuming. Alk and PO rose, nitrates were high.

Apart from the poor basic chemistry, which I got it fixed with the help of a great local reefer. it looks like I had a metal contamination. Its not clear where it is coming from; I *think* its a contaminant from bad salt as my pumps, magnets etc look ok. I also ended up developing zinc in my RODI, unclear why as I was running 0 TDS.

I think I screwed up some dosing and misinterpreted the tank results, leading to poor parameters. The metal was just icing on the cake.

My RO and DI filters have been replaced, Ive ran metasorb, and I am sending another ICP test tomorrow and reinspecting pumps/magnets

if the metal is all cleared, I think I am good and it was a 1x contaminant/messed up dosing
If the metal is not cleared, I need to find the source.
Regardless I am going to switch salts and do some large water changes
I plan to continue to get a second set of eyes on the tank until its WELL settled.
I have a large stock of fish incoming, a refugium is up and running and hopefully corals again in the next 2-3 months.
 
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I still get rising metals in the tank, notably aluminum. However, nothing is corroding in my tank. Its unclear where its coming from. I have a few theories

1. Rusting material: Its possible I missed something. I dont see anything though. It could be my screen top; replacement is on the way
2. Contaminant: doesnt explain why it's till rising, even with metazorb (which got some out)
3. Food/dose: I think its unlikely but possible
4. Bad salt batch: I am leaining toward this right now. Going to do some big water changes and see if it comes back. The salt I am using is verified no metals, good salt, clean from trusted keeper/LFS. I am going to ICP that one, two tests, one to ATI and one to reef labs
5. Bad test: its possible these are just ghosts. Going to send multiple ICP tests next time I check the tank water; two to who I have been using (ATI) to see if they internally match, and one to a second (reef labs).

In general though tank is looking better. I'll post some pics soon

The weird thing is my ICP tests show different values than my home tests, by a bit. My home tests should be good though.
 
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Ok, long time no update. It's been a little crazy with a toddler

I got my phos and nitrate under control. I never found the source of my metal contamination; did 3x 100g water changes, and am waiting to see if it comes back.

Lost a few pieces I really liked. It was a little distressing. But my parameters are good, tank is consuming, I have some coralline. A lot of fish are inbound.

I have a few test frags. If they grow for the next few months, I'll probably buy a few nice pieces to replace what I lost. I'm going for 2-3 big colonies, 5-6 medium, 7-8 "nice size" pieces

I can see why sps are addicting. Coloration is amazing, lots of polyps, and they don't really run into each other.

So far its just keeping the chemistry consistent.
 

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