Cg’s 1 month rapid reef cycle

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I loosely followed the WWC/BRS 4 month cycle. The main differences are that my tank is bare bottom, I did not add pods and only added 2 types of bacteria.

I added establishment live rock from a fellow reefer at 6 weeks. I had to run a UV at 1 month when I switched on my lights. I kept the lights off UV running until the tank cleared. Lights were switched on again at 2.5 months together with the UV. I wonder if running UV during the early stages delayed my tank’s maturation process.

I have some coraline algae growth on the rocks.

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The tank is now a little over 4 months old. The acros I added bleached over 2-3 days. LPS is doing fine. Not sure where to go from here. Maybe I should just give it some more time.


Parameters:
Salinity - 1.025
Alk - 8.1
pH - 8.1
Cal - 470
Mag - 1440
Nitrate ~ 0 - 5 (API)
Phosphate ~ 0 (API)

I have ordered a Hanna phosphorus ulr checker.
I think it’s interesting that in the last week Ryan from BRS has stated that the BRS/WWC method doesn’t really work, precisely for the reasons I‘ve outlined.
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Hey, so phytoplankton is photosynthetic. Do you suggest turning lights on right away (or as soon as you add the phyto)? Other option I guess is to rely on fuge/algae scrubber lights for the phyto but that feels kinda wrong.
You can start running lights on a reduced schedule after adding phyto. 4 hours a day until you add corals
 
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Would you consider your tank to be balanced or lopsided when it comes to coral?

  • Balanced Mixed Reef

    Votes: 98 32.3%
  • Lopsided SPS

    Votes: 60 19.8%
  • Lopsided LPS

    Votes: 69 22.8%
  • Lopsided Zoanthids

    Votes: 20 6.6%
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