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Haven’t changed anything in days and this morning my skimmer was going crazy.

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It seems to happen from time to time, seems like sometimes something gets in the air, and it can be hard to tell exactly what, that makes skimmers go bonkers. I have it happen from time to time too, I can never find any definitive conclusions.
 
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Got my phosphate checker and GFO today. Time to get this junk back to where it should be. I expected it to be higher than it was.
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And 0.06 PO4 today!
Just a word of caution the UL phosphate has a tendency to give false 0 readings when you get really low. I had this issue and could never figure out why everything seemed fine in the tank even though I had 0 po4 (I was concerned because 0 po4 caused me to have a Dino outbreak when I first started the tank)

I ended up buying the ULR phosphorus version (much better accuracy at low ranges) and found that I really had about .02 ppm po4 vs the 0 that the UL phosphate was reading

You will learn to read your tank via how it looks and other readings when nutrients are low and then just test to confirm what you see. My biggest confirmation of low nutrients is my PH dipping at night on my apex. It’s a sign that the cheato doesn’t have food and therefore isn’t using up the CO2 at night causing the ph to drop. I add some extra feedings the next day, the fish are happy and the next night ph is back to normal as the nutrient have gone up

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Just a word of caution the UL phosphate has a tendency to give false 0 readings when you get really low. I had this issue and could never figure out why everything seemed fine in the tank even though I had 0 po4 (I was concerned because 0 po4 caused me to have a Dino outbreak when I first started the tank)

I ended up buying the ULR phosphorus version (much better accuracy at low ranges) and found that I really had about .02 ppm po4 vs the 0 that the UL phosphate was reading

You will learn to read your tank via how it looks and other readings when nutrients are low and then just test to confirm what you see. My biggest confirmation of low nutrients is my PH dipping at night on my apex. It’s a sign that the cheato doesn’t have food and therefore isn’t using up the CO2 at night causing the ph to drop. I add some extra feedings the next day, the fish are happy and the next night ph is back to normal as the nutrient have gone up

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Does that also apply with the new ULR phosphate that he has? It's not the older UL phosphate checker.


EDIT I looked up the specs on them, the ULR phosphate is 0.02 accuracy while the phosphorus is 5ppb which converts to around 0.015.


I wonder if the specs are the same but they round up to 0.02 with the phosphate checker due to the resolution. I suspect they are the same meter and it’s just internal programing.
 
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Question of the BRS website:


Is the new Hanna phosphate ULR HI774 colorimeter more accurate than the older HI 713 one?

Question posted on Jan 2, 2019 2:21:00 AM

Thanks for contacting BRS!
This checker is going to be more accurate than the HI713, but it is the same accuracy and resolution of the HI736 except that it calculates the result into phosphate so you do not have to. Have a great day!
 

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Question of the BRS website:


Is the new Hanna phosphate ULR HI774 colorimeter more accurate than the older HI 713 one?

Question posted on Jan 2, 2019 2:21:00 AM

Thanks for contacting BRS!
This checker is going to be more accurate than the HI713, but it is the same accuracy and resolution of the HI736 except that it calculates the result into phosphate so you do not have to. Have a great day!
I did not realize that, I though he had the older one (which is what I have). If it’s uses the same logic as the ULR phosphorus but just displays in ppm then you should be fine. Too many models lol I always have to check which reagents I’m buying

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I did not realize that, I though he had the older one (which is what I have). If it’s uses the same logic as the ULR phosphorus but just displays in ppm then you should be fine. Too many models lol I always have to check which reagents I’m buying

Len
It looks pretty sweet, the timer is longer too before auto shutoff! About time they did that.

I always have to reorder reagent when I have one left because I never the get pouches right if I don't have the number there.
 
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Here’s a current FTS for documenting purposes. The Acro skeleton on the top left is close to coming out.
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It looks pretty sweet, the timer is longer too before auto shutoff! About time they did that.

I always have to reorder reagent when I have one left because I never the get pouches right if I don't have the number there.
That’s great, I make sure everything is ready to go before I start so that the timer doesn’t run out. It only took 3 models to get it right lol
 
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Coral update with crappy phone photos. Almost all the Zoa’s have doubled their head count since I got them from WWC except the scrambled eggs which melted.

Utter chaos came with 2 heads and now has 6.
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Devils armor. Came with 2 heads and now has 4-5 small heads. I can’t see the backside clearly enough to tell.
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The birdsnest has had little growth.
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I bleached the forest fire and it’s recorvering in a new spot with less light.
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Other corals are doing well!
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