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Old 09/06/2013, 11:58 PM   #76
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Thank you very much for taking your time sharing your experience.

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Old 09/11/2013, 05:15 PM   #77
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Thank you great write up and very helpful.

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Old 09/27/2013, 05:27 AM   #78
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The one thing I learned after running an 80 gal. reef for over ten years, is that it is FAR better to be proactive and do tank maintenance regularly before things go horribly wrong. Keeping fish and corals is no different than owning a dog, cat or whatever, except the four legged critters can let you know when it's time for dinner. Whether you dose by hand or use more automatic means, a simple log book and a regular schedule are mandatory in my opinion. If you "fall behind", meaning you have lost interest, it should also tell you it's time to consider getting out of the hobby.

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Old 10/01/2013, 05:05 AM   #79
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Thanks for a great write up! I would like to request that you extend to give a down and dirty for testing and correcting chemistry. Please :-)

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Old 10/03/2013, 05:46 PM   #80
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Thanks for all that info, very well put it together

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Old 10/04/2013, 12:48 PM   #81
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Down and dirty phosphate:

Know that it can get into your rocks and take a year to fill up; at that point your problems start showing up. So, export way more phosphate than you think you need to from the start.

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Old 10/15/2013, 09:27 PM   #82
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Well done. Learn alot from your writing.

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Old 11/02/2013, 07:47 AM   #83
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Thank you! great write up

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Old 11/21/2013, 01:59 PM   #84
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Thank you for your sharing.

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Old 12/04/2013, 10:12 AM   #85
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That's for sure learned that lesson the hard way

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Old 12/07/2013, 01:08 AM   #86
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I finally get it

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Old 12/08/2013, 06:05 PM   #87
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Great information here! Never fully appreciated the importance of calcium in the reef until now

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Old 12/29/2013, 10:35 AM   #88
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That clears up a lot about why my stonies would slow their growth when I run low on calcium. Thanks for the concise and informative article.

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Old 01/13/2014, 07:13 AM   #89
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Im an very new to salt water and reefs ... this was good information. Thanks for taking the time. !!

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Old 01/14/2014, 03:30 PM   #90
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I have been in the hobby for almost 2 years now. After killing an sps frag a year ago, and then another 6 months ago, I had about decided to just stick with the softies. Reading sk8r's original post made it seem so simple that I think I may try again now. Thanks!

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Old 01/15/2014, 04:10 AM   #91
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Very nice write up. Thanks for sharing!

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Old 01/17/2014, 08:28 PM   #92
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Thats a great writeup. Much appreciated. I am embarking on a 150 and it gives me a better insight.

Again, thanks a million!

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Old 01/27/2014, 09:26 PM   #93
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Awesome information for someone new to reefing. Everything explained well!!

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Old 02/02/2014, 01:45 AM   #94
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Thumbs up

Good info!!

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Old 02/02/2014, 01:21 PM   #95
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Originally Posted by sellmecorals View Post
I finally get it
Sk8r, thanks for the writeup.

Since you made it so easy to understand, could I please bother u to explain which method works best for diff size reef tanks like 2 part, Kali, balling, etc?
Newbie here grateful

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Old 02/04/2014, 10:14 PM   #96
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Solid info

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Old 02/06/2014, 08:27 AM   #97
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Books of information summarized in a page, thank you.

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Old 02/25/2014, 10:03 PM   #98
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Very nice writeup. I'm using Red Sea Coral Pro salt, and their recommendation (for LPS reef) are

Salinity: 33ppt
Ca: 440
Mg: 1310
Alk: 12.1

These are very much inline with your recipe posted here, except for Alk.


1] Is it better to target 8.3-9.3 Alk range, or follow the RedSea targets for Alk of 12.1?
2] This recipe seems to ignore salinity, but surely the concentration of salt mix also affects the target levels, so this recipe is based on what salinity? 1.0264 (35ppt) or other?

My 120g DT currently runs at a salinity of 1.025sg (33 PPT) and I had planned on adding a little salt to my ATO to reach 35ppt. Any view on which level of salinity would be better? I have a lightly stocked tank with LPS corals and fish.

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Old 03/05/2014, 09:01 AM   #99
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Very nice write up

90 gal lights 2 hydra52 2mp10 1 mp40 with apex
20 gal refuge no skimmer

Current Tank Info: 90 gallon
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Wow. Thank you! I'm newer to the hobby and learned this stuff the hard and expensive way!

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