Sunday, January 21, 2018

ULNS Amino Acid Trial: Week 1 Dose 1 - 01/21/18

ULNS Problem Solving: Amino Acids

Finding myself in a position I have not been in with my reef aquariums in the past, near zero nutrients. Nitrate and phosphate levels are almost zero (.8, .01), and the corals are basically starving. Normally I would simply increase feedings and allow the fish to poop all over the corals to feed them, but the tank is very lightly stocked currently. My research says the best option aside from polluting the tank even further on purpose is to dose amino acids. I have used Two Little Fishes "AcroPower" sparingly in the past but have decided to dose it to the full recommendation. I will also be experimenting with some other products that appear to have proven results from other aquarists.

- Korallen-Zucht Amino Acids
- Sicce HyperKoral
- BRS Reef Chili Food

I will take some baseline photos for comparison today and compare week to week of the next couple of months. I will also continue to send out my monthly water samples for review to determine the effects on water quality. The most recent water test was the beginning of January, and I have not made any water changes in nearly 8 weeks.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

FTS 01.18.18

The Space Between

Right now they appear as specs from a distance under the actinic light. In the months to come they will grow and fill the spaces in between each other. The most fulfilling part of owning a reef aquarium is watching it mature into a true piece of the ocean.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Radion Gen 4 Pro Schedule Change

Breaking one of my own rules I am making two changes at the same time. The plan is to adjust my Radion schedule to the Radiant Color program (55%) previously used on the 33 gallon cube, which proved to work well. The new AB+ SPS program EcoTech has provided is not producing the results expected. I am also pulling out an mechanical filtration for a few weeks, assuming more plankton and other particulates will stay in the water column longer to feed the corals.

Days later I am already seeing some solid feedback...

Friday, January 5, 2018

Water Test Results 01.02.18

2 months since any water changes...starting to believe they may not be necessary. Bio-pellets, refugium, skimmer...

Thursday, December 28, 2017