- Dec 24, 2015
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I love that stuff. SPS crack in a bottle.Thanks. I took your advice, and these arrived today. I'm going to get them on a doser and interested to see how the sps responds.
I love that stuff. SPS crack in a bottle.
Just letting you know to shake the bottle once or twice a week when it is hooked up to a doser FS settles, CB will clog the tubing over time, so just keep an eye on it!
Keep me updated on what you think of them. I would image you will see extreme basing out on your sticks to start then some thick tissue ( really noticeable on stags and slimers)
Where did you get the Choats from. I have kept an eye out with no luck.
I haven't used either in the past. I'm a little reluctant to use additives that don't list the ingredients. In this case, given my recent experience, I'm hoping it will be prophylactic. I decided to try coral booster and flatworm stop at the same time simply because they were promoted as being synergistic and it was recommended here and by some local reefers I trust.Never tried to Coral Booster, I have always used the LFS though. Curious as to what you see with the Coral Booster.
Making it nice and fancy I see. That will work no problem. the booster will be the problem child as it will start to crystalize over time, similar look to salt creep if it mixes with any saltwater and left to dry. You will be fine for a long time though.Ok, that's good to know. I may look into a magnetic stirrer to control through the apex. Now that things have settled into place, I'm hoping I'll be able to observe some changes.
I have always used them in conjunction with each other except for one month. So I cannot tell exactly what the booster itself will do. Only the combo. Increased base encrustation will be first, thickened tissue will be second, Healing from fraging ( intentionally or if you got big fish) will be within a 4-7 days, for me growth seemed to improve ( growth is a hard claim due to other water parameters, how long the stick has been in the system etc)I haven't used either in the past. I'm a little reluctant to use additives that don't list the ingredients. In this case, given my recent experience, I'm hoping it will be prophylactic. I decided to try coral booster and flatworm stop at the same time simply because they were promoted as being synergistic and it was recommended here and by some local reefers I trust.
It's good to know you've used the flatworm stop. Just curious if you've observed noticeable effects?
Maybe @rds85 can share his experience with coral booster.
I hear you on GFO. If you have a lot of PO4, it will take a lot of GFO and a fair amount of time and many media changes.
When I creep up past .15 or so, I knock it back with a diluted lanthanum chloride -- Tropic Marin Elimi Phos Rapid. Dosing according to instructions, I got back to .08 or so with 2 treatments a week apart. Super simple to administer.
Honestly no. I cannot report any undesirable effect from even .2 PO4 all things equal. It CAN lead to a bit more algae growth depending on your herbivore population. I took a little hit there when some HUGE lawnmowers outgrew my system (orange shoulder 8" and one spot foxface 7". I did get some GHA and wife complained a little but not my acropora. I have restocked with juveniles but used LCl to bring algae growth back a bit.Thanks, that's a treatment I hadn't considered. Do you find that you get more algae or cyano when the phosphates creep up past .15 or are you treating for some other effect?
I did increase the photoperiod for the refugium from 12 to 16 hours and bumped up the daily water change from 2 to 3 gallons per day. I vacuumed out the sump where detritus had collected as well.
The phosphates are certainly higher than what I would have targeted, but I'm not sure it matters for some reason. I didn't want to chase a number when everything looks healthy. I made adjustments thinking the effects would be slow, and would slow the trend of increasing nutrients.
Let me know what your observations are after dosing these products after about a month or two!A few changes I'm planning over the next month
1. Dosing KZ Flatworm stop and Coral booster
2. Dosing Kalkwasser
3. Transitioning from 2 part dosing to calcium reactor
Today, I added KZ flatworm stop and coral booster on a doser. The contents can settle and it's recommended to stir the content periodically. I get busy at times, and not something I can commit to doing consistently. I found a magnetic stirrer online that I'm running it with the apex on a timer before the daily dose. I'm dosing once per day. Coral booster is recommended every two days, so I cut the dose in half in order to dose daily.
You may be able to get close to fully supplementing your tank for alk/ca with just kalk given the size of the colonies in the pics. That won't be the case as they and the clam grow, however.
It shouldn't take a lot to affect pH- can you do an overlay of your pH graph with the dosing times?