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I got the Seachem Fusion 2 last night. I boosted my Alk to an 8.3 reading last night. This morning I'm at 8.13.

Alk.......... 8.13 (Trident)
Cal.......... 423 (Trident)
Mag........ 1310 (Trident)
PH.......... 8.04 (Apex Probe)
Salinity.. 35.1 (Apex Probe)
Nitrate.. 0ppm (API Reagent in ReefBot)
Phos..... 0.5 - 1ppm (API Reagent in ReefBot)
Temp.... 77 (Apex Probe)

My nitrates are at zero this morning.
My Sulfur Denitrator is NOT working yet. It has not cycled yet. That usually takes about 3 weeks to a month to start lowering nitrates.
My Algae Reactor is NOT hooked up yet. I have no micro or macro algae yet.
Maybe I got the tank completely cycled the way I planned it out to go from ammonia to nitrite to nitrate to nitrogen gas bubbling out the tank.
If this is the case, I will have to start dosing nitrates pretty soon.

EDIT:
I did a manual test of nitrates and got at least 5.0 (new API reagents). I will put new reagents in ReefBot and test nitrates again.

I broke down and added 2 small damsels to keep the cycle going.
I did not want to add fish yet but I need a constant ammonia source and hopefully add a little bit of nitrates back to the system.

Pics to come.
 
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I went from alk of 8.13 yesterday evening to 7.92 this morning. with NO coral in the tank.
I added 4 capfuls of Sachem Fusion 2 to bring the Alk back up to 8.2
Also getting small PH swings tied to Alk swings.

It's not major but i'm curious as to where the Alk is going.
 
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I still have not programmed my ReefBreeders Photon 50 V2+ light but I have time. I keep the lights off anyway unless i'm looking at something that needs more than ambient room light.
Having said that, the room gets a LOT of natural light and I have started to get the "browns" on some of the rock that gets the most light.
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It's really more rust/orange color than brown. My skimmer is catching some of it. I would love to know what it is.
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In other news...
Neptune is sending me 2 new Wav pumps to replace the ones that went bad. They should arrive later today.
I've heard not great things about Neptune's Customer Service but they were great with me and my situation.
 
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Im having a hard time getting my water as crystal clear as it should be.
I am using a Clarisea SK-5000 filter roller. Can't figure out yet why the display is not as clear as it should be.

I'm still getting a "toilet bowl flush" from the drain every now and then.
I have a lot of microbubbles in the clarisea and the water level is always right to the top just under the overflow opening.
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I'm wondering what I can do about this.
Flow from the return pump to the display is 650gph through 1 inch pvc.
Drain is 1.5 durso.
 
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I programmed my Photon 50 V2+ light today. I might have to change it up a bit as I think I have the lights programmed to be on too long.
I'm gonna have to turn the lights on and watch them ramp up in the morning, see what it looks like in the afternoon and watch the ramp down at night.
I used my Seneye par meter to help set up the intensity.

I will post my schedule soon. I want to tweak it a bit before I post it.

My replacement Wav's arrived yesterday and I installed them today. I am happy with having 4 Wav's and 2 Gyres. I don't have to crank anything up and I still have really good flow.
 
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So...
Today I started the CUC.
I got...
8 VERY LARGE Nassarious Snails
12 small Nassarious Snails
3 Cerith Snails
1 Brittle Star
1 Serpent Star

I've still got a lot of CUC to get. I am trying to start slow and I only got what was available at the lfs. My sandbed is going to be alright but I have to get some CUC for the rocks.

Any suggestions?
 
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So last night my lights decided to do their own thing.
Despite programming, my lights decided to NOT ramp down as they were supposed to. At 11pm, I still had white lights on.
I contacted ReefBreeders (Best Customer Service I've Experienced) Logan suggested I go through my program and change the time, then change the time back.
I am hopeful this will work to get me back to MY schedule for the lights. At 10:08pm, It looks like it is working.
EDIT:
It LOOKED like it was working last night but this morning, I had red, green and white on when they should NOT have been on.
I emailed Logan and will wait for a response.

I would love to know why it lost programming in the 1st place.
It might be due to me having the power off to the Photon instead of it running the program I set. I have had the Photon powered down because I did not really WANT lights on the tank at this time but I have emeregency corals in this tank. I'm trying to save them as they were starting to do bad in the 15 gallon Nano they were in.
If I can get them to turn around, I will blackout the whole tank
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Update:

Logan from Reefbreeders suggested I adjust the clock by changing the time, then changing it back.
I did that but was unable to see if it worked because I was not home to observe. When I got home about 11pm, the tank looked to have the correct light program run.

I will observe the lights tonight and report back.
 
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I'm going to slightly modified Photon 50 V2+ schedule. I will lengthen the morning schedule up by 1 hour so instead of brighter lights coming on at 7am, they will be coming on at 8am.
 
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BRS has a video that states "good" Nitrate and Phosphate levels and I agree with them. This was a good video to have run across.
These are the numbers for Nitrates and Phosphates I'm trying to stay close to.

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This morning's numbers
Alk............ 8.21 (Trident)
Cal............ 427 (Trident)
Mag......... 1345 (Trident)
PH............ 7.93 (Apex Probe)
Salinity.... 35.7 (Apex Probe)
Nitrate.... 0 - 5ppm (API Reagent in ReefBot)
Phos........ 0 - 0.25ppm (API Reagent in ReefBot)
Temp...... 77.4 (Apex Probe)

Not bad numbers overall.
 
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I started dosing Vibrant this morning.
I dosed 20ml for my approximate 200g water volume. The brown algae / diatoms are getting bad looking and I would like to try to nip it in the bud and try stay ahead of it from there.
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I will monitor over the next week to see if I need to dose every 2 weeks or every week or if I need to dose at all.

Who knows. I may just go get a Tang or Foxface.
 
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