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Old 07-01-2009, 03:20 PM   #11
 
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It's a Marineland Perfecto 150. The dimensions are 72" long x 18" wide x 27" tall. It has the same footprint as the 135, just a few inches taller. I like that Marineland 150 cube myself, the guy who cuts my hair had that exact tank, til it sprung a leak on the corner, and he had a small flood on his hands!

I wanted a tank that would fit in the same footprint as the 135, and the LFS guy had this 150.

Thanks for changing the name of the thread onefish.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:47 PM   #12
 
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:39 PM   #13
 
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I really like your rock work. It's looking good.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:13 AM   #14
 
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Thanks Aunt Kymmie!

Test results from last night:

Alklinity, tested with Salifert Carbonate Hardness Test: 9.6 dKH
Calcium, tested with Salifert Calcium Test: 380 ppm
PH, tested with both API & (brand I forgot the name of): 8.2~8.3
NitrAtes, tested with API nitrate test: 5 ppm
NitrItes, tested with API nitrite test: 0 ppm
Ammonia, tested with API Ammonia test: 0 ppm

Dosed both Alk & Calcium last night with Bi-Onic Supplements (2-part), with the reccomended dosage: 1 ml per 4 gallons. My alk is in a good range, but dosing it doesn't hurt, right?

I have a little bit of GHA on a few rocks. It appeared while I was switching from the 135 to the 150, I had my 46 set up next to the tank, which is right in front of a window. It appears to be dieing off, is there anything I can do to speed up that process?
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:52 PM   #15
 
I don't think dosing it will hurt, as long as you monitor the effects it has afterwards. I do not dose anything to raise my alkalinity because it is already high;although, I do have to dose calcium because it remains low. My dkh always come in at about 10 or 11, and if I do not dose calcium it is around 330-350. I think it was pasfur, maybe of2f that said after a while you begin to "know" your tank, and although it is always good to test, you know when to dose and not to dose just from constant repetition. I know when I first started testing I was nearly overwhelmed, now I know how many drops everything gets and the color I should expect without looking at anything lol. BTW, your tank looks amazing.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:17 PM   #16
 
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Thanks mullins,

My main concern is that I believe that Alkalinity has a direct corelation with PH. I don't want my PH to jump too high if I dose the Alk too much. I am going to test tonight when I get home, and properly dose. My tests have been a little out of whack since transferring to the 150...
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:28 AM   #17
 
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Alklinity, tested with Salifert Carbonate Hardness Test: 9.6 dKH
Calcium, tested with Salifert Calcium Test: 380 ppm

Dosed both Alk & Calcium last night with Bi-Onic Supplements (2-part), with the reccomended dosage: 1 ml per 4 gallons. My alk is in a good range, but dosing it doesn't hurt, right?
The BiOnic Supplements are designed to be used on systems with the correct readings of BOTH alkalinity and calcium. By "correct", we mean that the test results are in proportion to one another.

If both alkalintiy and calcium are LOW, you can add the BiOnic Supplement to move both up, in the proper ratios to one another.

If both alkalinity and calcium are in the correct zone, then you can dose BiOnic as needed to maintain these levels.

If both are high, then you should not dose until they begin to fall to the lower levels within the desired rang.

The problem with BiOnic occurs when you are outside of the above situations. This generally occurs when alkalinity is normal, but calcium tests low. In this case, you should only add the calcium additive, which is Calcium Chloride. This will get the ratios of calcium back in line wtih the other buffering ions, such as magnesium and borate.

In the rare event that Calcium is high and alkalinity is low, you need a water change to replenish magnesium, borate, and other buffering ions. Adding a buffer is not generally effective when calcium is already within the correct zone. Often a precipate occurs, as a result of a pH spike.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:14 AM   #18
 
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I dosed both again last night. I tested phosphates, calcium and alk. Phosphates were non-existent, but tested at .25 from my source water. Calcium dropped to 360 from the night before, and I dosed. Alkalinity was at 9.6, and I dosed, as the 1st part of the 2 part dosing system.

What kind of dosing do other people around here use?
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:51 AM   #19
 
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Took some pics last night (sorry taken with my phone's camera):

My clowns, Bangaii and Hammer coral:
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My Frogspawn Coral:
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My Fire Shrimp and Watchman Goby seemed to have paired up:
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Alveopora:
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Duncans:
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Calcium has climbed up over 400 ppm, and dKH is 9.9, steady. Right now I am fighting a little hair algae that has been growing on two rocks. I think that I need to add more flow. I have a Eheim Compact+ pump that I am going to use for about 700 GPH on the left side, and I am moving my HK 2 to the right middle of the tank.

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Old 07-22-2009, 12:50 PM   #20
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woah. your tank looks great =]

the picture of your watchman goby and fire shrimp is os cute!!!
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