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Hello and welcome aboard, Beautiful start, you chose solid equipment and did a fine job on the build. It almost looks like you have done this before :cool: Im no expert but the fuge may be causing your algae issues. If those plants aren't fed properly, Iron and other nutrients they degrade releasing organics. I struggled with my fuge for over a year and then removed it. Its a balancing act, but after seeing your build its one you can handle. Maybe try a 5 gallon WC weekly,
Best of luck!
TY! For the advice much appreciated and welcomed! Look forward to sharing the progress and what I do along the way!
 

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Nice set up. Alk is the one parameter you have to dial in. Consider a dose pumps(s), once you dial this in your corals will love you! Pumps are inexpensive these days, very easy to make your own Alk. Good luck
 
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Welcome to R2R! Some of us are crazy for this hobby. Ok, well, many of us. Well, really, I think it's a majority of us. Ok, in truth, we're all a bit goofy for this hobby. Welcome to the madness!

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Hi! My name is Maritza. I’ve started my build about 4 months ago and I’ve been loving every part of the experience.

Current set up:
  • Mini 40 External Overflow Aquarium - NUVO-EXT 40 Gallons - Innovative Marine (30 lbs live sand 19lbs live rock)
  • 24 Gallon Sump (Algae barn Refugium starter set/live rock/5280 pods/mangroves)
  • EcoTech MP10
  • Ecotech Vetra M2
  • AquaMaxx ConeS Q-2 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
  • AquaMaxx FR-SE GFO Carbon and Biopellet Hang-On Filter Media Reactor ( 2 total - one is running carbon - the other will run biopellets )
  • Kessil A360X Controllable LED Aquarium Light - Tuna Blue
  • Kessil H380 Halo II LED Grow Light
  • AquaMaxx cTech T-NANO Hang-On Calcium Reactor
Inhabitants:
  • Red Hermit x2
  • Scarlet hermit x2
  • Emerald Crab
  • Snails x4
  • Nassarius Snail x2
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Blue Green Chromis x2
  • Banggai Cardinal x3
  • Blue Eyed Cardinal
  • Jawfish
  • Zoanthid frag
  • Star polyp frag
Current Issues:
  • Hair Algae
  • Alkalinity - Open to advice on how to improve this and why it would drop.
  • Some type of worm. Maybe sea-cucumber Medusa.
Parameters:
  • Ammonia between 0 - .2
  • Nitrite 0
  • Nitrate between 0 - 5
  • PH - 8.05 - Open to advice on ways to improve this without dosing. ( Air hose connected to skimmer from outside )
  • Temp 78
  • Salinity 1.25
******UPDATE******
8/2/19

Ammonia: 0- 0.25
Nitrate: 0 - .5
Phosphate:?
Calcium: 546
Magnesium: 1500
dKh: 6.2 (previously 6.4 two days ago)
PH: 8.01
Redox: 287 ( what number is your Redox at? )
Temp: 77
Salinity: 1.025



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*****UPDATE*****
8/3/19

Salifert (First time trying these want to compare to API)
  • Ammonia: <.15
  • Nitrate: 2ppm maybe less
  • Alkalinity: 6.8 (Hanna 6.2!?) what other tests should I get? Need to know if the Hanna is off.

Phosphate is at zero too which is so wrong. Going to return because the results do not change and I gave it another try before I decided that it’s defective. (Hanna)
Calcium: 539 ( was 546 down 7 ) (Hanna)
Magnesium: 1400 ( 1500 down 100 ) (Red Sea)

Removed Chaeto and left three golf ball sized pieces
Cleaned Skimmer ( every part )
Swapped out the carbon
Changed out the filter socks
Cleaned the top layer of the sand bed a bit

Will take a video :)

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Before you return the Hanna known this. I always got zeroes too and then I bought the ULR Hanna pho’s checked and realized I got zeroes bc my levels were in the ppb instead of ppm range.

Love the set up! I can tell you researched the heck out of this. So cool to see you tuned into the chemistry side of stuff. That is what gets my nerd juices flowing ...haha

In my nano I try to do weekly 5 gallon water changes. In my big one, I use an AWC of 3 gallons a day. I agree with the above if params are cool then the coral seem to like the less water change for the nutrients.

Loved your stocking choices so far!
 
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Before you return the Hanna known this. I always got zeroes too and then I bought the ULR Hanna pho’s checked and realized I got zeroes bc my levels were in the ppb instead of ppm range.

Love the set up! I can tell you researched the heck out of this. So cool to see you tuned into the chemistry side of stuff. That is what gets my nerd juices flowing ...haha

In my nano I try to do weekly 5 gallon water changes. In my big one, I use an AWC of 3 gallons a day. I agree with the above if params are cool then the coral seem to like the less water change for the nutrients.

Loved your stocking choices so far!
Hah! Now I know! Thanks so much for sharing that #hannatip. As far as water changes yeah! still have to get that AWC set up but figured it’s best first year to just do it ourselves that way we’re more aware of what occurs due to it. Yeah I caught on to that hmmm..

Thanks open to more tips! Thanks again.
 

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*****UPDATE*****
8/3/19

Salifert (First time trying these want to compare to API)
  • Ammonia: <.15
  • Nitrate: 2ppm maybe less
  • Alkalinity: 6.8 (Hanna 6.2!?) what other tests should I get? Need to know if the Hanna is off.

Phosphate is at zero too which is so wrong. Going to return because the results do not change and I gave it another try before I decided that it’s defective. (Hanna)
Calcium: 539 ( was 546 down 7 ) (Hanna)
Magnesium: 1400 ( 1500 down 100 ) (Red Sea)

Removed Chaeto and left three golf ball sized pieces
Cleaned Skimmer ( every part )
Swapped out the carbon
Changed out the filter socks
Cleaned the top layer of the sand bed a bit

Will take a video :)

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Off to a great start with your build! Don’t stress too much about numbers the difference 6.2-6.8 dkh would be considered to be pretty much acceptable in term of variance close or within +/- .5 ppm. The ammonia will plateau in due time once it cycles and sand/rock fully cure 100%. I’ve used salifert kits for 18 years they’re accurate/consistent, don’t require a PHD to use, and a fair price it’s all around a win win! Good luck.
 
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Hi! My name is Maritza. I’ve started my build about 4 months ago and I’ve been loving every part of the experience.

Current set up:
  • Mini 40 External Overflow Aquarium - NUVO-EXT 40 Gallons - Innovative Marine (30 lbs live sand 19lbs live rock)
  • 24 Gallon Sump (Algae barn Refugium starter set/live rock/5280 pods/mangroves)
  • EcoTech MP10
  • Ecotech Vetra M2
  • AquaMaxx ConeS Q-2 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
  • AquaMaxx FR-SE GFO Carbon and Biopellet Hang-On Filter Media Reactor ( 2 total - one is running carbon - the other will run biopellets )
  • Kessil A360X Controllable LED Aquarium Light - Tuna Blue
  • Kessil H380 Halo II LED Grow Light
  • AquaMaxx cTech T-NANO Hang-On Calcium Reactor
Inhabitants:
  • Red Hermit x2
  • Scarlet hermit x2
  • Emerald Crab
  • Snails x4
  • Nassarius Snail x2
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Blue Green Chromis x2
  • Banggai Cardinal x3
  • Blue Eyed Cardinal
  • Jawfish
  • Zoanthid frag
  • Star polyp frag
Current Issues:
  • Hair Algae
  • Alkalinity - Open to advice on how to improve this and why it would drop.
  • Some type of worm. Maybe sea-cucumber Medusa.
Parameters:
  • Ammonia between 0 - .2
  • Nitrite 0
  • Nitrate between 0 - 5
  • PH - 8.05 - Open to advice on ways to improve this without dosing. ( Air hose connected to skimmer from outside )
  • Temp 78
  • Salinity 1.25
******UPDATE******
8/2/19

Ammonia: 0- 0.25
Nitrate: 0 - .5
Phosphate:?
Calcium: 546
Magnesium: 1500
dKh: 6.2 (previously 6.4 two days ago)
PH: 8.01
Redox: 287 ( what number is your Redox at? )
Temp: 77
Salinity: 1.025



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*****UPDATE*****
8/6
Calcium:411 (down 32 points)
Magnesium: 1400
Alkalinity dKh: 6.2
Forgot to mention scarlet hermit crab molted. Found it’s molt on the sand Sunday.

How often do they molt mines molt like every month. Emerald fooled us twice! #ripNOT haha

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Hi! My name is Maritza. I’ve started my build about 4 months ago and I’ve been loving every part of the experience.

Current set up:
  • Mini 40 External Overflow Aquarium - NUVO-EXT 40 Gallons - Innovative Marine (30 lbs live sand 19lbs live rock)
  • 24 Gallon Sump (Algae barn Refugium starter set/live rock/5280 pods/mangroves)
  • EcoTech MP10
  • Ecotech Vetra M2
  • AquaMaxx ConeS Q-2 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
  • AquaMaxx FR-SE GFO Carbon and Biopellet Hang-On Filter Media Reactor ( 2 total - one is running carbon - the other will run biopellets )
  • Kessil A360X Controllable LED Aquarium Light - Tuna Blue
  • Kessil H380 Halo II LED Grow Light
  • AquaMaxx cTech T-NANO Hang-On Calcium Reactor
Inhabitants:
  • Red Hermit x2
  • Scarlet hermit x2
  • Emerald Crab
  • Snails x4
  • Nassarius Snail x2
  • Cleaner Shrimp
  • Blue Green Chromis x2
  • Banggai Cardinal x3
  • Blue Eyed Cardinal
  • Jawfish
  • Zoanthid frag
  • Star polyp frag
Current Issues:
  • Hair Algae
  • Alkalinity - Open to advice on how to improve this and why it would drop.
  • Some type of worm. Maybe sea-cucumber Medusa.
Parameters:
  • Ammonia between 0 - .2
  • Nitrite 0
  • Nitrate between 0 - 5
  • PH - 8.05 - Open to advice on ways to improve this without dosing. ( Air hose connected to skimmer from outside )
  • Temp 78
  • Salinity 1.25
******UPDATE******
8/2/19

Ammonia: 0- 0.25
Nitrate: 0 - .5
Phosphate:?
Calcium: 546
Magnesium: 1500
dKh: 6.2 (previously 6.4 two days ago)
PH: 8.01
Redox: 287 ( what number is your Redox at? )
Temp: 77
Salinity: 1.025



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