Today was (shamefully) the first I’ve done my full battery of tests in months. Calcium was down to 317 due to a clog in the doser’s feed line. That I believe is remedied now. Also the Magnesium was a little low so I added some liquid Magnesium to raise it. I have to retest both levels. I was a bit disheartened by the nitrate levels, considering I just changed the carbon in the reactor. I have yet to check out the flow rate of that so far. I am changing my feeding regimen as well. Instead of larger feedings every other day, I will now be feeding a single cube everyday. Hopefully it assists in lowering the nitrate numbers as well.
Had to remove some GFO from the canister because it wasn't tumbling as it should be. Apparently I didn't measure correctly when filling it last week. Duh
March 18, 2019 14:57
While doing the water change today I disposed of 10 more bristle worms. Baby ones this time. These are in addition to the 11 mature ones removed last week.
Changed GFO and Carbon in the reactors today. 1st try with the BRS GFO.
After a successful day yesterday and being too tired to complete my mission I continued today to do just that. I finally got around to changing out the GFO and Carbon in the reactors. That should help tremendously get my numbers (phosphate & nitrates) back in line. Especially considering that also today I worked on my doser and set up the alkalinity dispenser on a different channel (channel #2 wasn't dispensing), setting it as equal outputs as the calcium settings. After going to the trouble of setting up channel #3, I went back to #2 and discovered a clog in the dispensing tube. Oh well, live & learn. But it's now operational at least. I plan on running the gamut of tests to confirm my expectations midweek. Fingers crossed!
January 6, 2019 14:35
Rearranged some rock work (started by accidentally trying to adjust a rock). Recovered some plugs that had become MIA over the last year and discovered my lime green featherduster to be alive after thinking weeks ago that the Starry Blenny had buried under the bottom rocks, killing it. Somehow it survived tho, but unfortunately I can't say the same about the Blenny who also became missing for about a week, reappeared and died the next day.
January 5, 2019 21:41
FINALLY got the RO/DI running as intended with the new booster pump. Now at 60 pounds water pressure it takes a tad over 15 minutes to produce a perfect gallon of water. Changed to DI Resin while I was at it.
January 3, 2019 21:37
Changed cartridges in the RO/DI filter yesterday. Everything but the membrane. TDS reading was "0" but it was taking forever to fill a gallon jug. I thought there might be a clog somewhere along the line. Upon looking at the pressure gauge I found it to be reading extremely low while operating. So I have a new pressure Gauge on order from BRS. Here's hoping it corrects the problem or I might have to contact BRS about the new pump they sent me last month.
November 15, 2018 11:44
Added 3 oz. soda ash to see how the levels hold later into the week.
October 8, 2018 18:51
Added an additional 6.5 oz. Liquid Soda Ash again to Raise levels from 7.1dKH to 10dKH. Now let's see how long this lasts. I just don't get it.
September 22, 2018 22:52