Submitted by melev on Thu, 11/23/2017 - 03:23
Recently I received a shipment of products from Brightwell Aquatics. I wanted to try out their Xport NO3 Brick and see if it can remove nitrate as advertised. My reef has plenty, so this is a good test. I tested nitrate last night.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 05/13/2017 - 04:21
Submitted by melev on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 02:25
After making myself (literally) do all my water testing today on both systems, I'm quickly reminded why I prefer to only run one reef at a time. Those people that run multiple tanks or frag systems deserve heavy praise for being able to keep so many separate systems thriving. I noticed some bits of corals turning white in my reef, but I kept blaming it on shade rather than a water quality issue. Today, I ran through all the Elos test kits, twice since I have to measure the 400g reef as well as the 60g frag system.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 03:38
I've been using Phosphate Rx for a decade, and it's my preferred product to keep PO4 levels under control. No GFO for me. I've mentioned it many times, but decided "I guess I need to do a video about this product after all." I do realize I could have explained the process in about sixty seconds because it's that simple, but I wanted this to be a fun video. Hope you liked the flashback.
Purchase Phosphate Rx here: http://melevsreef.com/product/phosphate-rx
Submitted by melev on Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:51
This interview was done at MACNA last weekend. Jim Welsh's newly built invention is the Alkalinity Monitor. It will measure tank water as frequently as you desire, and that data can be acted upon by your controller. It could send you texts & emails if the reading is out of range, and you can see what the latest measurement is just by glancing at the display on the device, or by computer or smartphone. It could trigger or stop a doser if needed. He explains it quite well, and I gotta say I'm really impressed.
Submitted by melev on Fri, 08/19/2016 - 18:51
One of the topics I wanted to address as a full video is biopellets. Short answer: they work. Earlier this year, nitrates spiked in my reef and despite lots of effort it didn't get them down and keep them down, so I opted to get biopellets running again on my 400g reef. The results were spectacular, as expected.
Submitted by melev on Sat, 06/25/2016 - 02:14
While most would get excited to go out on a Friday night, I instead stayed in and tinkered with my reefs. Reefkeeping needs attentiveness, and tonight was one of those nights where I needed to address specific needs, or lose corals.
Submitted by melev on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 08:45
11/28/15 Performed water tests at 1 a.m. specifically because I spotted some STN in my tank all of a sudden.
Temperature late at night read 78.1 °F
Looking at the temperatures recorded by the Apex recently, I had a significant swing due to our weather change over the past 48 hours or so. The low was 77.1°F and the highest was 80.6°F, which is roughly a 3.5°F swing and more than I usually would allow. Maybe this is why three corals are reacting. Not sure, but it's definitely a consideration.
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.