Rich Ross - Home Tank - guess the phosphate

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This tank was built before r2r, here is a link to some links about the build.

Current test results:


03-17-2017 Ammonia (NH3-4) Good 0 0.000 - 0.050 mg/L
03-17-2017 Nitrite (NO2) Good 0.006 0.000 - 0.100 mg/L
03-17-2017 Phosphate (PO4) High 1.77 0.000 - 0.250 mg/L
03-17-2017 Nitrate (NO3) High 41 0.000 - 25.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Silica (Sio2-3) High 1.2 0.000 - 0.500 mg/L
03-17-2017 Potassium (K) Good 409 350.000 - 450.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Ionic Calcium (Ca) Good 128 100.000 - 400.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Boron (B) NA NA 3.000 - 6.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Molybdenum (Mo) Good 0.1 0.000 - 0.300 mg/L
03-17-2017 Strontium (Sr) Good 7.3 5.000 - 12.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Magnesium (Mg) Good 1360 1100.000 - 1400.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Iodine (I) Good 0.03 0.030 - 0.090 mg/L
03-17-2017 Copper (Cu) Good 0.04 0.000 - 0.100 mg/L
03-17-2017 Alkalinity (meq/L) Good 3.1 2.500 - 5.000 meq/L
03-17-2017 Total Calcium (Ca) Good 430 350.000 - 450.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Iron (Fe) NA NA 0.000 - 0.010 mg/L


 
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03-17-2017 Ammonia (NH3-4) Good 0 0.000 - 0.050 mg/L
03-17-2017 Nitrite (NO2) Good 0.006 0.000 - 0.100 mg/L
03-17-2017 Phosphate (PO4) High 1.77 0.000 - 0.250 mg/L
03-17-2017 Nitrate (NO3) High 41 0.000 - 25.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Silica (Sio2-3) High 1.2 0.000 - 0.500 mg/L
03-17-2017 Potassium (K) Good 409 350.000 - 450.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Ionic Calcium (Ca) Good 128 100.000 - 400.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Boron (B) NA NA 3.000 - 6.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Molybdenum (Mo) Good 0.1 0.000 - 0.300 mg/L
03-17-2017 Strontium (Sr) Good 7.3 5.000 - 12.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Magnesium (Mg) Good 1360 1100.000 - 1400.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Iodine (I) Good 0.03 0.030 - 0.090 mg/L
03-17-2017 Copper (Cu) Good 0.04 0.000 - 0.100 mg/L
03-17-2017 Alkalinity (meq/L) Good 3.1 2.500 - 5.000 meq/L
03-17-2017 Total Calcium (Ca) Good 430 350.000 - 450.000 mg/L
03-17-2017 Iron (Fe) NA NA 0.000 - 0.010 mg/L



One of the nicest reefs I have ever seen! Wow Richard you have to give us more details and photos!
 
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hey can you remark on your algae challenges, stages and how you beat it back

keeping large tanks algae free is truly hard vital space management unless a careful tune can be found. nanos have access easy, that one above mega tough challenge
 
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Thanks everyone.
Here is a write up of the system from 2012. I have since changed out the MH and moved onto Radions (Currently G4's). I am also using the Apex DOS to do a 10L daily water change on the system (though it hasn't really impacted nutrient levels at all). I am also running a Bill Wann skimmer and CaRx. The system is also connected to the Secret Home Lab system, so the total is somewhere like 500 gallons in sumps and tanks. The display is 150 gallons, 4 by 2 by 2. http://packedhead.net/2012/evolution-of-a-10-year-old-reef/

There is also this article about phosphates and this tank
http://packedhead.net/2014/skeptical-reefkeeping-ix-test-kits-chasing-numbers-and-phosphate/
and this video from MACNA 2014.

I may talk about this system at MACNA again this year going over the nutrient loads since 2014 and what has changed, as well as talking about the over all changes to the system...mostly in automation.

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How do you keep all those Dendros so happy?[/QUOTE said:
Flow and food. I feed a lot. A lot. Sometimes I target feed the LPS, but mostly I flood feed enough to get them all eating. There is lots of flow in the tank, and MP40, 2 small gyres, a Jabao RW 15, a closed loop that also feeds the other system and a return.
 
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hey can you remark on your algae challenges, stages and how you beat it back

keeping large tanks algae free is truly hard vital space management unless a careful tune can be found. nanos have access easy, that one above mega tough challenge
I think the key to controlling unwanted algae are herbivores. I don't buy the idea of nutrient control for stopping algae growth because we see so many tanks with 'good' levels and algae. So besides the cycles tanks go through when new, its all about the herbivores. A few times I have had to remove a particular herbivore (like a foxface with a taste for clams!), and had algaes pop right up.
Also, coral cover helps by robbing algae of a place to grow. There are a couple of spots that bryopsis grows that I deal with manually every couple of weeks.
 
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