Submitted by melev on Sat, 10/31/2015 - 08:50
Using carbon in your reef will help improve water clarity, which allows better light penetration for your corals to utilize. I've been using GAC in a reactor for years, and never had any problems. Perhaps because I follow the rule of thumb of using only 1/2 a cup of a carbon per 50g of water. This video discusses how to use it actively, as well as a brief update. Carbon can be purchased from the shop area of my site: http://melevsreef.com/catalog/dry-goods-0
Submitted by melev on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:00
I recently had an alkalinity swing creep up on my reef. Normally I like to keep the tank around 8 dKH, and yesterday I noticed the duncans in my frag tank (part of the same system) were closed up. One bad habit I've developed over the years is to watch the corals for indication of problems instead of water tests each Saturday like I used to perform. I need to get better about that. I did a quick check with my Elos Alkalinity test kit and was shocked when it hit 21 dKH. So I tested again, and it measured 19 dKH. Safe to assume it was about 20, way too high.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:20
The calcium reactor needed a refill badly, and the media finally arrived today. I'm using TLF's Reborn media this time. I cleaned it out and refilled it tonight and here it is, ready to go. I've had this reactor since 2004 and it has served me well.
Here's my "How to set up a calcium reactor article: http://www.melevsreef.com/node/1276
Submitted by melev on Thu, 03/08/2012 - 10:18
Last week when I got back from my trip to Atlanta, my tank sitter told me he was ready for me to get the cyano bacteria situation in my tank under control. I prefer not to treat the tank when I'm about to travel, so I don't put the reef in a bad spot when I'm 1000 miles away for a few days.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 07/29/2009 - 04:57
Whenever I mix up a new batch of saltwater, especially if it is a new bucket I've opened, I test for three things: Temperature, Salinity, and pH. If the pH is down, I'll buffer it up. Usually if the pH is down, the alkalinity is as well. By buffering it up, it brings up the alk at the same time.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/19/2007 - 02:54
A new page has been created to answer some questions I get about RO/DI systems pretty often. Such as - do I ship to Canada? or how to pay without using Paypal.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 07:05
My water change article has been released at last. It'll be added to my site in the near future, but for now you can enjoy it the November Issue of Reefkeeping Online.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to visit several reefkeeper's homes in South Dakota. It was very interesting and I'll be adding that information to my site once I get the images edited and linked to some new pages.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 10/07/2007 - 16:25
Submitted by melev on Tue, 07/10/2007 - 06:28
Today, I was in the garage and found water where it should not be. I thought maybe it was from the window a/c unit, but that wasn't it. So I kind of hoped my water heater needed replacing (rusted out), but that wasn't it. Next I went in the fishroom and saw a decent puddle in the very spot where I put the new waterproofed wiring conduit.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 09/11/2006 - 15:44
I completely drained and cleaned out the refugium yesterday, washed all the sand, shook off the macro and LR in rinse saltwater, and set it up anew. The cyano in that zone was so out of control, I figured I needed to reduce the nutrient level trapped in that compartment. It looks much better, but I'm very sore after working on that for over three hours. That would be the one drawback to a huge sump, when trying to reach the back portion.
My site has a few more pages updated.