I will get my system in here early next week. Heading for a quick long weekend away with the wife! NO KIDS! I need a break! Work is driving me nuts, whoever said getting into Enterpise IT was a good idea obviously never worked in IT :D Anyways.... I am not currently dosing alk, and I can't remember where it was when I checked it a couple weeks ago, a little low, but not horrible.
Jimsflies, I think it was you who helped me a LONG time ago with my Neptune Programming for my Kalk reactor... It actually will dose it throughout the day, mix the kalk, wait for it to settle, then dose top off water. I might just fire it back up. I just recalibrated my pH probe 2 weeks ago, so it should be good. I am going to verify this with a pH test, just to make sure my pH probe is not on the fritz, but it did calibrate, and usually, if they go bad, I have heard they won't calibrate. We will be out of the house for 3 whole days this weekend, so I will be monitoring it remotely (I have a Neptune Aquacontroller III)
I did setup my skimmer to pull outside air... I ran a 1" PVC pipe outside, put a screen in it, and then adapted it down to my skimmer inlet line size in the basement. So far, it has definitely made a difference.
My display is a 60G starfire cube. My sump is another 60G cube, divided into 3 sections. The first is half the cube, and it is where my filter socks receive the tank drain water and where my skimmer sits. The other half is divided about 70/30. The 70% is what will be my fuge
, if the stupid algae would ever grow!!! If anyone wants to ship me some fast growing chaeto, I would be forever in your debt, I can't seem to find a strain that grows! The last 30% is the return section where I have some rock rubble...
At this point I dose NOTHING :D I nuked my tank when I tried to do the whole bacteria/carbon source dosing... Just a protein skimmer and Calcium Reactor, but I took the Calcium Reactor offline, and yes it is a 2 chamber.
Alk is the only thing I am thinking about dosing right now, and I am going to do it through a Kalk reactor with my top off. Water changes pretty much have kept everything else in check.
I have VERY good surface agitation in the display... I have a Dart Gold on a OM 4 WAY and a Vortech MP40w ES. When the vortech is running full bore, I have roughly 8500 GPH including the return... But the vortech is usually dialed down, but even at 6000-7000 GPH, well you can imagine :D
The Ticks are really dumb!!! They are roughly every 32 hours.... Which is a pain to try and figure out where everything is. But, pretty much the peaks are at 7:00 - 8:00 PM... My Halides are on from 5:30 - 9:30. T5's from 3:30- 11:30 PM.
I am open to any ideas anyone has. I will try to get more info later, but this is what I can do right now.
I am keeping mainly LPS
(Acans, Chalices) and zoanthids right now. I am working on getting back into SPS
, but I am doing it slowly, because I lost so much before...