Triton Progress Pictures

Discussion in 'Triton Applied Reef Bioscience' started by gpwdr, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. 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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    Sorry I wasn't clear enough. Base Elementz contains trace elements and says it specifically has trace elements needed by algae. So if your algae were growing more slowly due to a deficiency of these trace elements, then when you dosed they were able to grow faster.

    If you want to limit the algae growth, you may need to reduce phosphate or nitrate to the point where the algae cannot grow as well. :)
     
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    Triton US Active Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Yup. Like others have already stated, the Base Elementz are designed to replenish everything a mature, diverse reef would use on a regular basis. That includes corals and algae. I realize people want instant results and for the price they are paying for the BE feel they should get it but if you go slow and let the tank run its course, follow the advice of other people who have successfully ran triton, as well as experienced reefers like Randy, you will most likely find that the tank will balance itself out. The triton method is about getting the tank to a point where it runs itself like a well oiled machine- to the point where it doesn't even require water changes. This takes time. Try not to be discouraged by a product that does in fact supply the vital elements needed to support the growth of a myriad of animals. Limiting things to control algae other than nutrients is probably not what a mature reef would advise you to do if it could speak..
     
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    Thanks. My reef is over 3 years old. I know very well that nothing good comes fast in reefing. Just curious, are there any triton users out there with reef systems excedding a total water volume of 300 gallons? Curious to know how your managing with the triton BE. Thanks
     
  4. gpwdr

    gpwdr Well-Known Member

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    The only things I lost using the Triton Method were two electric flame scallops for no apparent reason. They both withered away.
    The sponge and sun corals are doing fine.

    Gene
     
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    Gene how often are you vacuming your sand bed?
     
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    I hired 3 Gold Head Sleeper Gobies to vacuum the sand bed for me. Sometimes I ketch them sleeping on the job, but really they're a great bunch of workers.
    The sand bed is about 1.5 inches average.
    I find pockets of hydrogen sulfide but I believe now it's just part of the sand bed process. So I don't vacuum.
    Sometimes at night I disturb some of the bed to feed the corals.
     
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    Lol problem with gobbies is they do alot of reconstruction of sand bed make caves and bury coral in sand
     
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    I take that as an asset. The sand doesn't stay the same all the time. There are thick spots and thin spots. I move the return nozzles to shift the sand like in the wild, moving the sand some every few months.
     
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    GROW BABY GROW!
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    What are we looking at ?
     
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    Built a new Triton Sump with a larger refugium. Used an acrylic 2'x2'x3' tank. Turned it on its side. Cut the top and used the pieces to cover the old top now on the side. Installed two baffles to the Triton specs. Butta bing, butta bang, check it out!


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    Wow. Very nice!
     
  13. acromike

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    So I removed the algae from the frag tank. Cleaned the frag tank down using vinegar. made sure not a trace of algae was present. I have the triton base elementz set up on a dosing pump down directly into my sump. I believe the BE may not really be the issue here now. The algae is coming back. My phosphate and nitrates are reading 0.02 and 2 respectively. Maybe it is the light schedule. I use the ATI sunpower 6 bulb and lights are on for twelve hours a day. Corals are looking very good but this algae is growing on walls, plugs, frag racks. I have to clean the glass every other day or i cannot see through it. the algae is a real pain in the ***. I have a yellow tang and snails in the frag tank. they are not helping with the algae at all. I am considering dosing peroxide into the frag tank to see if this will help. Any suggestions are appreciated.
     
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    im dealing with same issue, but my hope is once my macros grow and require more nutrients they will eventually out compete the nuisance algae. at least i hope until then i prune and spot treat with peroxide and a long baster.
     
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    The refugium has been growing the good bad and the ugly in it.
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    Steady growth with nothing dying in the DT also note all the bad algae is growing in the sump only.
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    Looks amazing. I am having great growth in the DT also. Corals have growth tips. I am noticing that the nuisance algae in DT is residing. I also cleaned the frag tank of algae and shorted the lighting schedule. Bottom line we all have different ecosystems that will require fine tuning.
    Triton BE are definitely helping with coral growth. My coralline is growing very quickly. Cheers great photos
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Wow your tank looks great! Fuge looks great too!
     
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    Any recent updates?
     
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    Eight months of Triton


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    Triton is such an easy reef keeping system.
    I test the DKH every two weeks. Change the carbon and AL99 every month. Clean the skimmer once a week.
    I never had a tank do so well.
    See you in a year!

    Gene
     
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