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  1. The Winner of the April Picture of the Month is: Derbird
  2. Please vote once! Voting Closes: May 5th @ 11:59 pm
  3. Here are the rules:  • One photo entry per person • Pic has to be taken by YOU • Must be in by the posted deadline • Must follow subject guidelines for the month Winners will be determined based on a voting poll after the submission deadline. This months subject: Angelfish of any species. Freshwater and Saltwater. Deadline: June 1st, 11: 59 pm
  4. How about this? Take a picture of your corals that are living now, then if you do something, such as a water change....take another picture. Later on, you can post them both here. 0.1-1 alkalinity change shouldn't do too much. I thought Red Sea had high concentrations and might be causing parameter swings. Bulkreefsupply is saying similar things, https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/red-sea-coral-pro-salt.html It doesn't matter if you use it, but keep the percent water changes relatively low at ~5-15%. I made a little table for you on how to gauge the parameters: Original Tank Alk 8 Red Sea Alk 12 Water Change(%) 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 New Alk 11.6 11.2 10.8 10.4 10 9.6 9.2 8.8 8.4 It's a learning experience and will get easier with time. Just don't throw money at something you continue fail at. Try one SPS for a month, then two, then thousands of SPS. You'll get it. Also, the doser is coming soon.
  5. I see my old coral! Whooo! Please give them a good home.
  6. Scrub that cyano/bubble algae off too
  7. That's not bad. You got it. Personally, I said it before and I'll say it again. There has only been one person in my entire life and that's @badxgillen who can hand dose and do it to a T. Every other professional, has a calcium reactor or doser. We're whimps. Check this out and dose your current amounts divided throughout the day: https://www.advancedaquarist.com/2004/4/chemistry Best of luck!
  8. They rust. Don't worry. It wouldn't hurt to use a zip tie, but I had one for years and it didn't cause issues. To each their own. Save up, try a doser. Maybe go an check the calcium and alkalinity of your salt. See what you think. Consistency is key and once I got a doser. My life changed. Never had to dose and honestly never cared about nitrates and phosphates. I went months without testing my aquarium. No water changes either. Just baking soda and de-icer.
  9. I don't believe the clamp would cause any issues. I bet it's stainless steel, which might leech iron. One thing I was having issues with when I started was how consistent the SPS was getting alkalinity and calcium. I had very similar stats when I started my aquarium, but didn't realize that water changes make it fluctuate a lot. The stats of Red Sea Coral Pro is a lot higher than your aquarium. Maybe try a doser or calcium reactor. You could do hand dosing, but nothing was even close to when I got a doser. I have a strong feeling it's consistency.
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