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    Agreed on all MFinn said on the kit.

    Love my helios lights. Just well designed, and great color/output.
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    Thanks, great tip.

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    I found that Salifert is pretty reliable, until they get old.
    If fact I don't trust them when they get down to a few months of expiring.

    When you finish the syringe, fill it up again to the 1.0 mark and start over, then add the numbers together.
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    Not to be the negative guy of the thread....

    But I've found my Salifert kits to start to wander on accuracy at the 12 month mark...IE 12 months from being opened and used for the first time.

    I love the Salifert kits, and that is pretty much all I use for testing, but I write the date I first used the kit, (and exposed the chemicals for testing to air), on the top of the kit. At 12 months, I'll pitch the chemicals and save the syringes, containers etc....and start over.

    Glad you like the new OBD lights. I wish they were available out here in the Midwest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxx View Post
    I love the Salifert kits, and that is pretty much all I use for testing
    I am transitioning back to them, though I use the hardware from the red sea kits now when I test. Just makes it so my hands are more steady.
    Accuracy is just hard to come by in hobby grade kits. I had/have used the actual red see kits for a while, but their accuracy is coming into question now too.

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    Glad you like the new OBD lights. I wish they were available out here in the Midwest.
    They are. The website is down right now, but if you (or you know someone) who wants ... Crystal Reef Aquatics is taking over the Helios brand in the merger. You can contact them at (360) 393-6121
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    Here I am a few weeks in now. Parameters are great, salinity 1.026, KH 8, Nitrates 0, Ammonia 0, a trace of phosphates. Small skimmer running in my 55 gallon sump (Euroreef RS-80), Apex up and operating.

    A bit of an algae bloom, bumped Magnesium to 1760, seems to be effective on some but a lot of diotoms, quite the hairy tank. Dropped in a tuxedo urchin, a long spine, and a blue stripe legged hermit. Waiting for my cleanup crew to arrive today. Tired of brown.

    Here is a link to my "story album" in photobucket http://s720.photobucket.com/user/win...Aquarium/story
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    Added dr. Toms waste away and the briopsis seems to have exploded everywhere long strands. Turning down lights. Cleaner crew came in today from reef cleaners.com. Wow 3" fighting conchs, cichlin, and a ton of snails and hermits. Hoping these guys will kick some briopsis ass and purge the diatoms. Now to wait while darkness and Red Sea magnesium, and all the cleaners hopefull get ahead of this stuff. I will be pulling as much as I can as well.
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    A word about my apex and Hanna test kits. First never ever bother with the Hanna calcium kit it is a gigantic pain in the ass. The Hanna kh tester is awesome albeit the syringe is nearly unreadable, but a quick test.

    I grabbed a break out box to play with an Ato backup, and I know about the low draw versus th relay ports on the 8 port, but I got it all wired up and plugged in a aqua lifter pump, float would start it but not turn it off, sure enough the aqua lifter doesn't have enough draw to trip the plug in. You can unplug it and back in and it turns off. Swapped in a maxijet worked fine. Basically I made an Ato with a car relay and a 12v adapter and an ro/di on/off. I just want a second float on the apex that will doubly shut off and alert me if the water gets too high
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    Quote Originally Posted by windwaterwaves View Post
    Now to wait while darkness and Red Sea magnesium, and all the cleaners hopefull get ahead of this stuff. I will be pulling as much as I can as well.
    If you are using Red Sea Mag for bryopsis it probably won't work.
    The only one that I've ever heard of working ( or used ) was Kent Tech M.

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    Agreed with MFinn on the magnesium.
    Agreed with windwaterwaves on the hanna calcium
    -Stacey
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    I am using kent tech m. Cleaner crew is working, but a lot of coverage to do. Ordered some turbo snails and more aestrea from barrier due tomorrow.

    My 3 sunshine? Chromis harem showed up and are in quarantine along with two paired gobies and a very small pistol shrimp. All from live aquaria I.e. dr. Fosters.. Hopefully they are happy in a week or two and can hop in the tank
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    So the tank continues! Still working on getting rid of Bryopsis. Is there a spot treatment? Could I use hot water and squirt the base? This in addition to my Tech-M treatment?

    Just picked up some beautiful coral, a purple eyed green chalice about 6" across, and a pagoda about the same size, plus a red plating monti. I will try to post pictures again.
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    I don't know of any solution for bryopsis other than Tech M.
    How high do you have it at?

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    Hydrogen peroxide has been used as a spot treatment. I am not advising it, just noting it, and leaving the responsibility of understanding the risks and benefits on YOU. I am aware of people who have used it successfully, though I have not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spieszak View Post
    Hydrogen peroxide has been used as a spot treatment. I am not advising it, just noting it, and leaving the responsibility of understanding the risks and benefits on YOU. I am aware of people who have used it successfully, though I have not.

    I've used HP as a dip for individual frags, but never as a spot treatment.
    I've heard of using HP in tanks as a dosing treatment, but have also heard of problems.

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    So the turbos' from barrier didn't show up.. They were out of stock, but crystal reef (local) ordered some in and in and 4 days later my 200 gallon reef is clean, no sign of algae, all Briopsis gone. Tech m is still At 1800 but changing sump and will do some water changes.

    Now I am working on KH and calcium dosing with two part. Hand dosing but setting up my old brs dosers. Should be there. Also had crystal reef pick up 7 springeri (awesome) and a blonde naso tang. Added the chromis and the marine beta and all is going well. I will add the pistol shrimp and gobies once I find them in the quarantine tank.. :/
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