Advanced Reefking tips # 1000!

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  1. Reefking

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    I thought a few sps advanced Reefking tips for sps would be appreciated by the broader community:

    1. Don’t let alk fall below 8, and keep constant
    2. Track sps coral health weekly as you can see good and bad trends develop
    3. You can’t always keep all acros happy, there will always be a couple rebels
    4. Water constant temp is critical
    5. Almost dead corals can make a comeback
    6. Algae sucks and should be avoided at all costs - seasoned tanks are nice!
    7. When in doubt use strong water movement
    8. Keep hands out of tank as much as possible
    9. If algae gets caught in coral, then remove it
    10. Dosing 2 part is important
     
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    I have problems with the last point :)

    U don’t want 2 part if you can do calcium reactor . It’s just another option
     
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    Only one thing I would add - test often and test more when things are looking good and not more when they are bad !!! Because only then you will know what’s good baseline for your tank
     
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    #1 is keep Alk above 8? You saw my small reef with SPS thriving at 6.5-7.5 RK. You may a higher nutrient system so this rule can’t be for everyone.
     
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    Good point. My corals look like crap if I let my alk fall below 8.
     
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    Constant alk seems to be a bit more difficult with 2 part dosing. Before the Trident, I'd test between 6-7pm and always get 8.8 dKh. Now that I'm testing more during the day automatically I'm seeing that my alk was swinging and I never knew.

    I haven't turned my DOS over to the Trident yet for managed dosing, but I imagine if I do I'll be increasing the number of alk tests per day.
    My high peaks were spiking at the 8.9 and valleys were dropping to 8.6. I've made some tweaks to my dosing schedule and I've seemed to level the range from 8.7-8.6.

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    I would imagine a calc reactor would have smooth these peaks and valleys out even more, but I'd lose out on my pH. Having a tank in the basement would mean that I'd probably be in the 7.8s for pH... but we'll see. I'm building a dual stage regulator and I'm planning to run one soon, so.. :confused:

    I try to aim for 8.5-8.8 dkh. I have undetectable nitrates, but higher phosphates. Colors are good so far.
     
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    What’s your ph?
     
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    My peaks/valleys could also be attributed to the fact my intake line for the trident is just ahead of the dosing lines. Uhh, yeah. I should move that.
     
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    Agreed, I can always tell when the all gets lower than 8 because a couple of corals start to lose color. You can get away with it but not for long.
     
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    Let’s not make a blank statement about not able to get away for long with lower than 8 Alk . I have seen and maintained tanks in past perfectly with alk of 6.5-7.5 consistently . It’s the stability that matters not the number .
    If you say below 6 or 6.5 , I can still accept it but not 8 as a blanket statement
     
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    Agreed, below 7 is probably time to freak out. I have a few acroporas that don't color up below 8 but they would survive.
     
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    8-8.5
     
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    In my opinion a radical change to any reading is a bad idea. My Alk run 8 ish to 8.5 ish and electrically monitored 6X per day. Do i freak out if i hit 7.9 ish, NO. I look at what nominal value i am trying to control to and adjust accordingly with a goal of NO major changes, just gradual changes.
     
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    This is completely true. More than once I have seen coral that I thought was toast turn around after I found and corrected a problem.
     

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