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Have a little Dino flare up going again. It’s hard to stay on top of phosphates and not let them bottom out. I am dosing 10 ml per day to keep .10 on Hannah. I honestly need to remove the mg from my doser and add phosphate. Anyway, cabinet is looking good lol.
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Have a little Dino flare up going again. It’s hard to stay on top of phosphates and not let them bottom out. I am dosing 10 ml per day to keep .10 on Hannah. I honestly need to remove the mg from my doser and add phosphate. Anyway, cabinet is looking good lol.
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Been enjoying your thread. I must say, I have never ever had a problem keeping phosphates up in the tanks I’ve run. I did battle dinos once after using GFO and carbon dosing simultaneously and not paying close enough attention. I am amazed you have such low phosphates. Are you doing anything else to remove them?
I have found that adding reef roids and similar foods adds plenty of phosphate. Your corals might like it too!
 
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Been enjoying your thread. I must say, I have never ever had a problem keeping phosphates up in the tanks I’ve run. I did battle dinos once after using GFO and carbon dosing simultaneously and not paying close enough attention. I am amazed you have such low phosphates. Are you doing anything else to remove them?
I have found that adding reef roids and similar foods adds plenty of phosphate. Your corals might like it too!
Nothing at all to remove. No skimmer even. If I stopped dosing, I would go from .11 on a Hanna down to 0 in 2 days.
 
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That’s really interesting. Must have awesome bacteria living in your tank.
My belief is the mined dry rock absorbs it like crazy and that’s why so many new dry rock tanks get dinos. Previous dry rock when pukani was around had rocks already saturated with p04 so there was not much of any issue back then.
 
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Was just flash lighting looking for an emerald crab I bought a week ago but haven’t seen and just discovered that I have an urchin! It’s about the size of a nickel. No idea how I missed that on the gulf rock I bought. I inspected the pieces fairly closely. Maybe it was just super small.
 
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Some random phone pics.
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This monti is finally growing quickly and seems happy. I like the purple polyps on the yellowish skin. I feel like it could look really old if the yellow keeps coming.
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The elusive Lord Huron
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He who siftith the sand
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Alk 8.2
Nitrate 15
P04 .14

Those are the parameters I am most worried about on this tank and they have been pretty much right there the last few times I have checked. I have not dosed Nitrates or Phosphates for about a week so it’s nice that I’m not having to do that.
I am planning on converting from 2 part dosing to using All for Reef. It comes in on Thursday and I am pretty optimistic. With a tank this small I am sure trace elements are being used quickly so the All for Reef product is pretty attractive to me and hopefully won’t be cost prohibitive.
If anyone has any experience switching over and not swinging their alk, let me know. I guess I’ll just match ml per day for what I am currently doing for alk which is 6ml.
 

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What is your current alk consumption per day? I have found that in my IM25, 1 ml of all for reef = 0.1 dkh raise in alk. I am currently dosing 2 ml per day.

All for reef has a mild carbon dosing effect, which might lower your nutrients a tad bit. The alk component is a slow release formula. It took me a couple days to see the initial increase. Once you see the initial increase, you can increase the amount and will get alk benefits with in 24 hours.
 
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Picked up 2 new corals this weekend. A little short tentacle plate and a Fruity Pebbles acro. My Court Jester has been digging a massive hole in the gravel that you can see if you zoom in on the FTS. I also moved the tall stag I had and put it in the bottom center so the tines would grow up into the water column and it has a few more inches to grow now.
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