Submitted by melev on Sat, 12/31/2005 - 08:29
I decided to test the water for the last day of the year.
At the same time, I did some dosings. So let me start off with that. I've had cyano slowly spreading in my tank for the past couple of weeks, and I finally decided to use my final batch of ChemiClean in my tank. As I've mentioned before, I believe it drops the oxygen level in the water rapidly. Before adding:
Salinity 1.025 sg
Submitted by melev on Sat, 09/10/2005 - 07:47
Submitted by melev on Wed, 06/15/2005 - 23:50
A couple of days ago, I tried to take a few pictures of rotifers. Rotifers are needed when you want to feed newly born fry (baby fish), and some reef keepers pour rotifers in their tank to feed their corals. I'll go more into what rotifers are in the future, but for now, here are the pictures. While not as good as I'd hoped, it is better than nothing at all, in case you just wanted to see what they are. A microscope might be better, in the future.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 05/25/2005 - 05:17
My PO4 levels have been elevating for a couple of months. If you refer to this page, you'll see they were going down, but rose up again for a few simple reasons. http://www.melevsreef.com/parms.html
Oceanic salt issues, lack of water changes, running out of PO4 media remover, skimmer not built for the system's bioload....
Submitted by melev on Mon, 02/14/2005 - 09:57
Tonight while the return pump was off, I was enjoying the tank. The two Tunze Streams continued to move 6000 gph, but it just doesn't look like it at all... nice and calm, the water crystal clear and serene. All the fish were out and about, waiting for their 9pm dinner, and it was just gorgeous.
Submitted by melev on Wed, 01/19/2005 - 02:46
I've been growing phytoplankton for about two years. The first 6 months were a breeze, splitting the cultures to grow more about once a week.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 04/17/2004 - 02:00
I took some water tests today to see what is going on with the water chemistry. Results page
The 55g has 0 nitrates! Pretty hard to believe considering that I feed it more than in the past. I guess my DSB is working perfectly as well as the macro algae growing in the refugium. I need to switch out the light over my 29g's refugium to improve the growth in there too.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 04/04/2004 - 01:16
Both tanks are continuing to do well without B-Ionic, but my every-other-day dosing of the two Seachem pH/Calcium buffers seems pretty haphazard. Both tanks have high Alkalinity now (14 and 15dKH) and high Calcium (460 and 470ppm), but the livestock seems fine.
The main BTA seems to be moving closer to itself, instead of trying to tear itself in half yet again. In the next few days I'll see what it finally decided upon.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 03/26/2004 - 20:13
I have been out of ESV's B-Ionic for a full seven days now. It is on backorder and I'll have to wait two more weeks! ARGH! For now I've been dosing with Seachem's pH buffer and Calcium, but it is not a stable system and I worry my tanks might suffer during the wait.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 02/24/2004 - 01:46
I tested out the new salt Oceanic is producing now. They'd mailed me a trial sample to make 5 gallons. Adding the entire amount to exactly 5 gallons of water, I let it mix for an hour. It was clear within 5 minutes, and dissolved completely. For 30 more minutes I aerated it by raising the hose the pump was connected to, to pound the surface of the water. These were the results.