Red Sea a Reef Energy Dosing Questions

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  1. smokin'reefer

    smokin'reefer Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2018

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    Anybody dosing Reef Energy A and B?

    * Are you using a doser?

    * Any advantage to time of day or is it better to spread out thru out the day?

    * If dosing, Bottles say to refrigerate after opening. Is any one trying to accomadate this? Or is liquid dispensed before it can sour.

    * I have just been dosing specifically after water changes. Could this prove to be detrimental?

    * The suggested rate is higher for an ULNS. Would this help with a zero nitrate system? Or would working to bring nitrates up still be preferred?

    Just trying to dial in some of the finer points of my tank. Any help or suggestions are always welcome. I've read some positive feedback on this product and want to maximize my chances of using it successfully.

    TIA
     
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  2. Randy Holmes-Farley

    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Expert Contributor

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    After a water change seems a fine time to dose. I can't see any downside to that.

    The product does provide a source of N (amino acids, some vitamins), so can help offset the issues of a lower nitrate aquarium.
     
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    smokin'reefer Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2018

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    Thanks for the info. Do you think moving to a daily dosing as indicated on label would be a better route?
     
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    Randy Holmes-Farley Reef Chemist Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Expert Contributor

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    In a ULNS setting? Yes.
     
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    I started dosing this myself about a week ago I'm doing 4ml per bottle at night. Can't say I see a difference yet.
     
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    Although my tank has been on a pretty good run since dosing, I can't say definitively that it was because of the Reef Energy.

    Also, I just dose it once a week after water changes. When I run out of my current bottles, I will not keep dosing just to see if there is a noticeable change.
     
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    I started dosing A and B just a few days ago -but I dose it every night. I'm manually dosing .5ml of each, since i have a 25g AIO. I've been dosing less than recommended because A is carbs- and i'm not trying to get any bacterial bloom.
     
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    I've been using it for about 6 months, although not everyday, I dose 30ml of each around every 2 weeks, not sure if it helps but it sure doesn't hurt.
     
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    What size tank? I'm hitting around 20ml once a week in about 120 gal twv.
     
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    90 gallons water.
     
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    Roughly 90 twv
     
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    I find that the skimmer goes crazy wet after dosing Reef Energy - even with a 2 hour delay built into my feed timer. Seems like it just pulls it all right out. Since I'm trying to 'dirty' the water a bit I've started skimming only at night. So now I try to dose in the morning.
     
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    I'll have to pay more attention to my skim after I dose. I haven't noticed a wet skim, but I also haven't been paying attention to that after dosing.
    I usually dose in the morning also, but on my way out the door for work.
     
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    Yes it states on the directions to turn off your skimmer for 30 minutes, I keep it off for a couple hours after dosing. The skimmer running is skimming it out quickly. I know from experiences when I dose some Kent trace elements and coralvite and forget to turn the skimmer off the collection cup liquid is all blue!
     
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    I've been dosing 4ml each in a 40b twice per week. Softies are looking much better.
     
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    Just to experiment a little for the last 2 weeks i started dosing 30ml of each every other day, havnt seen any detrimental effects, but maybe its just me but the color on some of my corals has gotten deeper.
     
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    smokin'reefer Valuable Member R2R Supporter Partner Member 2018

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    I was showing these pix on other threads. When you mentioned deeper colors I thought this was a good example.

    Here is a pic I took around October 15.
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    This is the same coral I took a picture of it yesterday.

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    I've been dosing 20 ml of each once a week during that time
     
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    Does anyone know the negative affect if the skimmer is left running?
     
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    I would assume the liguids you put in would not be circulating in the tank long enough as they get skimmed out much sooner.
     
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    ^^^ yup, skimmer will remove some. i like to dose it 15 minutes before feeding since it seems to trigger polyp extension.
     
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