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  1. Real Life

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    Hello All,
    Just a quick one to say hi to all my long lost friends and to give you a few pics of my new setup. Just starting.
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    Looking for Purple Monti Cap. Not just a purple Monit. Thanks:thumbup:
     
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  3. Real Life

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    Opps lets try again...
     
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    Nope, still nothing
     
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    OK one more time...
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  6. Real Life

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    my memory may be slow, but it still works...;)
     
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    He He, nice setup. Welcome back......again :biggrin:
     
  8. Real Life

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    Just a few update pics... You can see some growth and a lot more corals. Need to get a bigger tank later this year...;)
     
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    This Camera doesn't capture the colors well, but at least you get the idea. Coming along nicely.
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    Haven't really had much algae. Only what you see on the back glass. Nothing on the rocks or sand.
    Temp. 25-26
    PH 8.2
    Nitrate 0
    Calcium 425-475
    Phos 0 (at least that is what the kit says)
    Running Carbon (changed monthly)
    RowaPhos (Changed Bimonthly)
    Stock Skimmer only runs at night while we sleep.
    10-15% water change with Red Sea Coral Pro every two weeks
    NO additives.

    Any tweaks that could be made please advise.
    Thanks for looking!!:)
     
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    Leave the skimmer on 24/7

    Hennie
     
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    Just out of curiosity... And for education of myself... Why would I leave the skimmer on 24/7 if there is no Phosphate or Nitrate and everything seems to be doing well. What is the thinking behind it. Thanks n:thumbup:
     
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    looking awesome and welcome back
     
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    Most impellers cannot handle being switched off and on. It eventually strips and then the magnet part and impeller part are not connected any more. Most got only two small ridges on impeller side and one on magnet that hooks and keep them running together.

    So check your impeller. Also skimmer do not remove phosphates directly but DOC, dissolved organic compound, before it create phosphates issues
     
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    Skimmers take from a few hours to a few days to really stabilize after starting up, and are not nearly as efficient during the first few hours after start-up. By switching your skimmer off every day, it thus needs to "build up steam", so to speak, and is never running at full capacity.

    Remember also that your skimmer is there to remove organics BEFORE it breaks down into phosphate, ammonia or whatever that tend to accumulate OVER TIME. Don't feel complacent because your test kits cannot detect anything at the moment (if I understand this correctly, the tank has only been running for a few months...). Even though your tank looks great at the moment, you want it to look just as good over 5 or 10 years, so why risk unnecessary build-up of these "pollutants"?

    Of course, you don't necessarily need to run a skimmer at all- there are other ways to reduce your organics, BUT if I have paid good money for a skimmer and pump, I would want it to work as efficiently as possible...

    Hennie
     
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    +1. I must say you really have a nice looking system.
     
  18. Real Life

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    I'm just a little concerned that when I run the skimmer 24/7 that it will pul out what few DOCs (food for LPS) I have left in the system (especially in smaller tanks). The skimmer basically runs for about 12 hrs a day right now. The SPS haves colored up nicely which tells me that nutrients a pretty low. If I run it 24/7 will it pull the nutrients to low and harm the LPS? I may experiment a week or two with 24/7 and watch the health/growth of the LPS.

    Thanks for the feedback and input. If I'm wrong in my thinking please help or if you think differently let me know. Enjoy different view points. Keeps me from getting bored just watching it grow...haha.;)
     
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    One other point to consider is the work the live rock and aragonite/substrate is doing. They, being mostly made up of calcium carbonate, attract N and P which become bound to the carbonate. So over time (could be a few weeks to a few years) these will become saturated and then start to leach back into the water column.

    I understand what you are trying to do and your reasoning but IMHO i would rather skim heavily knowing that my LR and substrate are not becoming a nutrient sink, and add nutrients to colour up your corals. You have fare better control this way. IMO
     
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    Protein skimmer will only remove about 20-25 percent of TOC (total organic carbon), whereas GAC will remove about 60-85 percent of all TOC. The kicker is that your biological filter will remove 50 percent or more of post feeding TOC
     
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    ok... lost me on GAC will remove 60-85% of all TOC. If the biological filter is my rock then the build up of a "nutrient sink" is unavoidable...? because it removes 50% of all TOC. Also, where do you get your figures from? Lastly, if I have no algae problem, corals (SPS) are colored well and nothing showing (at the moment) on my tests... then for now all is good? If a build up happens over time, isn't this what they call old tank syndrome. If that is the case, are we still pretty much in the dark about how to avoid it? Again, thanks for all the various input. I've been "tanking" for about 28Yrs and I'm still learning...:)
     
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