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Old 01/24/2018, 08:51 PM   #51
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I had the same issues when I had my 18 gallon setup. I had it setup for almost a year.


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Old 01/29/2018, 10:03 PM   #52
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Thanks for your help everyone. My NO3 levels are still around the same range but my frogspawn and hammer coral are reacting nicely! They are starting to extend their tenticles again!


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Old 01/30/2018, 02:42 PM   #53
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That sounds like good progress!


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Old 02/05/2018, 04:49 PM   #54
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Such good progress.
After 2 weeks of dosing I am down from 50 to 10 on my NO3!!!! Corals look happy and my hair algae is subsiding!

My alk is at 7.7. Is this good for carbon dosing? Or should I bump it above 8? I know you want to keep all lower while carbon dosing.


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Old 02/05/2018, 05:48 PM   #55
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7.7 dKH should be fine for carbon dosing. I'd keep it at 8 dKH or lower.


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Old 02/08/2018, 02:55 AM   #56
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I am getting bright pink color on my airline for my skimmer and on some of my silicone on the corners of my tank. It isn’t cyano. Is this the bacteria from the vinager? My tank doesn’t smell bad by any means but it does smell different.
Tank looks great and my nitrates are at 10 and my phosphates are at .02.


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Old 02/08/2018, 07:15 AM   #57
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I am getting bright pink color on my airline for my skimmer and on some of my silicone on the corners of my tank. It isnít cyano. Is this the bacteria from the vinager? My tank doesnít smell bad by any means but it does smell different.
Tank looks great and my nitrates are at 10 and my phosphates are at .02.
Probably a little bacteria. That's not unusual and not an issue unless it becomes excessive. You could wipe it off with your fingers every once in a while to keep it from building up. It would probably become instant coral food.


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Old 02/08/2018, 10:39 AM   #58
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The bacteria are discouraged by the high pH of saturated limewater . Some folks add acetic acid /vinegar to limewater to buffer the vinegar ; mostly it's used to allow a higher saturation of calcium hydroxide in the limewater to increase the amount of calcium and hydoxide dosed in a given volume of solution.

The acetic acid is a carbon source and as such it can support heterotrophic bacterial growth whether it's dosed to the tank via the limewater or independently.

If any PO4 precipitaion as calcium phosphate occurs in the tank it is likely insignificant.


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I agree that the pink likely is bacteria. I would cut back on the dosing if it starts to spread, at least, and I'd probably cut back a bit now.


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Old 02/08/2018, 01:19 PM   #60
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Okay I will cut back. I am dosing 12ml a day so I will cut back to 10


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Old 02/21/2018, 05:48 PM   #61
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My tank looks great! My corals look awesome and I have almost zero algae growth besides some of my micro algae. The only concern is that maybe I am stripping to much?
NO3 - 0
PO4 -0.00

Should I use less vinager? I am dosing 10 ml a day.


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Old 02/21/2018, 09:46 PM   #62
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As long as the corals are doing well and their colors are acceptable, I wouldn't worry, but you could cut back a bit to see what might happen. There's no practical way to predict what's going to happen, in my opinion.


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