Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 41 to 60 of 83

Thread: GHA Cure? Time will tell

  1. #41
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    Nitrates remain at zero. I'm still dosing VSV. The DSB never really did start working. When I stopped dosing the nitrates started climbing. I blame the DSB sand. I replaced all the Petco brand CaCo3 sand in the DSB with aragonite, because I know it's porous. The Petco stuff doesn't look like it is.

    In the meantime I'll set the scrubber up again. The Hanna tester says phorphorus (not phosphate) is .027ppm (27 parts per billion), which is supposed to translate to approximately .08ppm phosphate. I know the goal is .03ppm (natural seawater). I have the red/blue LEDs above the sump, and the plastic grid is attached so that it sits a couple millimeters below the water's surface over the DSB, which is where it was before.

    Murph, which LaCl product do you use?
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  2. #42
    Site Administrator
    Murfman's Avatar
    Diamond Mine Champion!
    Fruit Twirls Champion!
    Queen Jewel Champion!

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Old Farm
    Posts
    13,218
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceOps View Post
    Nitrates remain at zero. I'm still dosing VSV. The DSB never really did start working. When I stopped dosing the nitrates started climbing. I blame the DSB sand. I replaced all the Petco brand CaCo3 sand in the DSB with aragonite, because I know it's porous. The Petco stuff doesn't look like it is.

    In the meantime I'll set the scrubber up again. The Hanna tester says phorphorus (not phosphate) is .027ppm (27 parts per billion), which is supposed to translate to approximately .08ppm phosphate. I know the goal is .03ppm (natural seawater). I have the red/blue LEDs above the sump, and the plastic grid is attached so that it sits a couple millimeters below the water's surface over the DSB, which is where it was before.

    Murph, which LaCl product do you use?
    Same as Joe, SeaKlear
    The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques Cousteau


    Wine is for wisdom, beer is for strength, but bourbon is the water of life.


    The New glass 300 build
    http://www.thescmas.com/forums/showt...ighlight=ghost

  3. #43
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    How much and often are you dosing per gallon? I realize it's different for each tank based on needs.
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  4. #44
    Site Administrator
    Murfman's Avatar
    Diamond Mine Champion!
    Fruit Twirls Champion!
    Queen Jewel Champion!

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Old Farm
    Posts
    13,218
    Post Thanks / Like
    1 cap a week, as needed.
    The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques Cousteau


    Wine is for wisdom, beer is for strength, but bourbon is the water of life.


    The New glass 300 build
    http://www.thescmas.com/forums/showt...ighlight=ghost

  5. #45
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    I just ordered a quart of SeaKlear PhosKlear 4000 (LaCl). It's supposed to remove 4000 ppb per 10,000 gallons. I'm guessing that I need to dilute this stuff a ton before adding it, or it'll drop my phosphates to zero, which I understand wouldn't be good for the corals, either. My phosphate is calculated to be about .08ppb, so I should have enough to supply all of Fairbanks.
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  6. #46
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    I did some quick calculations. If a quart eliminates 4,000ppb from 10,000 gallons, it'll remove 400,000ppb from 100 gallons. I need to remove 60ppb from 100 gallons. 60/400,000 is 0.00015. 0.00015 of a quart (946 milliliters) is 0.1419 milliliters. That's about 3 drops. That means this stuff is uber concentrated. I guess I need to proceed very carefully.
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  7. #47
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    This is a good sign. Very little algae growth in the scrubber so far. Three drops of lanthanum chloride did the trick for the phosphates. VSV is used to control the nitrates.
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  8. Likes Murfman liked this post
  9. #48
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    by
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  10. #49
    Senior Member


    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    Posts
    2,823
    Post Thanks / Like
    What is VSV?
    Don't look here for a comment.

  11. #50
    Site Administrator
    Murfman's Avatar
    Diamond Mine Champion!
    Fruit Twirls Champion!
    Queen Jewel Champion!

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Old Farm
    Posts
    13,218
    Post Thanks / Like
    Vodka, Sugar, Vinegar.
    The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. - Jacques Cousteau


    Wine is for wisdom, beer is for strength, but bourbon is the water of life.


    The New glass 300 build
    http://www.thescmas.com/forums/showt...ighlight=ghost

  12. Likes Joe liked this post
  13. #51
    Registered User scrumpto's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    Posts
    499
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceOps View Post
    by
    Are you running your algae scrubber horizontal and slightly under water? If so I tested this for about four months and had zero growth even though my display tank was full of algae. Switching to the standard vertical and out of water design had a dramatic effect within two weeks.
    Last edited by scrumpto; 03-06-2016 at 12:56 AM.

  14. Likes Murfman , fisher liked this post
  15. #52
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    Horizontal as before. It grew a ton of algae before.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  16. Likes Levi liked this post
  17. #53
    Registered User Levi's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Lima, OH
    Posts
    7,957
    Post Thanks / Like
    I like this design, can you explain your VSV in depth?

    Sent from my LG-H901 using Tapatalk

  18. #54
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    I'm using the Glass Box Design VSV formula: 200 ml vodka, 25 ml sugar, 50 ml vineger

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  19. #55
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    Dosing 10 ml a day in a 110g with a large bioload. The skimmer really catches a lot of crud, even though we only feed one cube of frozen blender mix.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    Last edited by SpaceOps; 03-06-2016 at 12:03 AM.
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  20. #56
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    The scrubber is on top of the DSB. Instead of two red/blue LEDs I got a 1-to-4 socket and have 4 LEDs in use.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  21. #57
    Registered User scrumpto's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    Posts
    499
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceOps View Post
    Horizontal as before. It grew a ton of algae before.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    If it grew a ton of algae before you should see what it would grow vertical as it would be about 10x. Sorry, I tried that style and in my logic it should have worked perfectly based on the algae in my display but the reality was quite different. It's your tank and you can do what you want but in my experience, out of the water and vertical is vastly superior. I know, I stubbornly thought differently until reality proved me wrong. ;-)

  22. #58
    Registered User Levi's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Lima, OH
    Posts
    7,957
    Post Thanks / Like
    I'm making my own diy pax bellum chaeto reactor since I don't have room for an algae scrubber

    Sent from my LG-H901 using Tapatalk

  23. Likes Joe, ddwmedic liked this post
  24. #59
    Registered User SpaceOps's Avatar

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    2,339
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by scrumpto View Post
    If it grew a ton of algae before you should see what it would grow vertical as it would be about 10x. Sorry, I tried that style and in my logic it should have worked perfectly based on the algae in my display but the reality was quite different. It's your tank and you can do what you want but in my experience, out of the water and vertical is vastly superior. I know, I stubbornly thought differently until reality proved me wrong. ;-)
    I think it's not growing much now because the VSV and lanthanum chloride have eliminated the nitrates and phosphates they use for food. The scrubber is redundant. I'm also feeding very little, so less waste is produced.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
    Northernmost SPS aquarium in the US.

  25. Likes Levi liked this post
  26. #60
    Registered User scrumpto's Avatar

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Colorado Springs
    Posts
    499
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    I'm making my own diy pax bellum chaeto reactor since I don't have room for an algae scrubber
    I'd like to follow along on that Levi. Are you going to use the output of a calcium reactor like they did to increase the C02 in the system?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •