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Sometimes you forget to check Alk for two weeks

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I've honestly been checking alkalinity less and less lately. Didn't really notice I'd gone two weeks without checking it. 180gal full of SPS colonies. I was a bit nervous when I realized it'd been so long, but the tank has been relatively stable lately. Turns out it dropped 1 kH. I think mostly because my reactor is using up media and I don't have a controller. I just run it 24/7 with a constant bubble rate. As media is used up, I feel like the reactor's output goes down. Whenever I refill, I always notice a little climb in alk.

 

Anyway, just glad to see it in an acceptable range. Worst case scenario I just create more skeletons to feed the reactor

 

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Not too bad of a drift. I definitely see a change as media gets depleted and I refill. Usually have to adjust my pH set point by about 0.1 to compensate. 

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I have a horrific shoe box of skeletons to help ya out :laugh:

 

Thats awesome your system is so stable, a drop of only 1dkh in 2 weeks! Wow!

I wish i had a calcium reactor :tongue:

The constant testing and dosing 2-part for years has been slowly killing it for me.

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What app are you using to track it?
It's called Aquarium Logger. It's super basic and I'm sure there are better ones, but I only need to record alk so I don't need anything fancy. You can record all kinds of parameters and graph trends if you're in to that kind of thing.

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14 hours ago, ChrisQ said:

I have a horrific shoe box of skeletons to help ya out :laugh:

 

Thats awesome your system is so stable, a drop of only 1dkh in 2 weeks! Wow!

I wish i had a calcium reactor :tongue:

The constant testing and dosing 2-part for years has been slowly killing it for me.

Haha I have this too but mine is a bucket in which I keep my shame...

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I don't understand.. dosing 2 part is essentially the same thing as a calcium reactor... just less moving parts and things to break.  They both do the same thing..add cal and alk to the aquarium (well, a reactor should also dose some trace elements as well).   Just like a reactor, you should be able to slowly dial in the rate to match your tanks needs.  I was talking to Jeff a couple weeks back and he was telling me he switched one of the store systems to a doser and "his alk has never been more stable".   Are you not using a dosing pump?

 

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I only wish that I could check my alk every 2 weeks. Glad you caught it in time. I'm almost going on day 20 of testing. I have my last doser going online this weekend and when I get that dialed in my testing will settle down.

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Jeff uses the same dosing system as me and I agree.  Reactors seem like Pandora's box to me.  Pumps on timers are just too easy. 

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I check my alk maybe every 6 months if that.......I run a doser and things stay real stable. If I do check alk its when I see something change. But things always s eem to look good so cant complain. I agree on the reactor its just to much for me to fathom........the doser I just keep it filled and am good.

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