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    My DIY Macro Algae Reactor




    So I made this for my 90G using a Phosban 550 and some LED strips. Prior to running this, my phosphates would jump from 0 to 0.05 in a 24 hour period due to the high levels of phosphate that absorbed in my rock when it was FO. Also, my nitrates hovered between 5 and 10ppm.

    I wish I would have done this sooner!!! I was dosing lanthum chloride daily to keep the phosphates in check. Within 48 hours my phosphates stayed at 0.01 and haven't budged since...no GFO...no LC. Plus my nitrates are now under 1ppm.

    I've had chaeto before but this setup grows it so fast it is almost unbelievable. No need for a massive fuge and no need to dose anything...my acro's are looking better than ever and the growth I've seen in the last 3 weeks is greater than the last 2 months and the PE is insane. I have a feeling the LC was hindering things because I was dosing so much of it. Things didn't look bad and the colors were good but growth was slower than it should have been.

    Anyway, I would highly recommend giving this a shot if you want to manage your nutrients naturally and see if you can save some dough on GFO...
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    Anyone know why the pics are uploading sideways when I attach them...?
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    I'm what Willis was talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricTheRed View Post


    Anyone know why the pics are uploading sideways when I attach them...?
    I have that issue every now and then too.

    I know you have a SPS dominated tank, be careful dropping your phosphates and nitrates too far. my PO4 is at .018 (Triton verified) and my NO3 is at 1ppm and I'm trying to get them to 5ppm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GugsJr View Post
    I have that issue every now and then too.

    I know you have a SPS dominated tank, be careful dropping your phosphates and nitrates too far. my PO4 is at .018 (Triton verified) and my NO3 is at 1ppm and I'm trying to get them to 5ppm.
    Oh yeah, I'm very aware of the challenges running an ulns. My last sps tank was ulns as a result of biopellets. The tank was fine but constantly worrying about keeping the alk below 8 and then occasionally getting burnt tips was a pita. That's the reason why I want this tank to be as natural and simple as possible. This macro reactor has made all the difference. When you saw my tank it was starting to come back from an episode of burnt tips with a few acros that were even discolored. I couldn't say for 100% certainty but I think the inconsistencies that came and went were related to all the lanthum chloride dosing I was doing. It was the only variable that was unnatural in an otherwise stable tank.
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    I am about to buy the Skimz one on BRS for $230. Maybe I should just DIY one instead hahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjamyst View Post
    I am about to buy the Skimz one on BRS for $230. Maybe I should just DIY one instead hahaha.
    I bought the lights and the reactor for about $100...just used an old Rio 600 pump I had lying around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjamyst View Post
    I am about to buy the Skimz one on BRS for $230. Maybe I should just DIY one instead hahaha.
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    Im starting to care more for my tank and was going to go back to biopellets. I was thinking about how nice it was before the pellets and how its doing pretty good now with nothing. im doing kalk in my top off now and order some alk kits to get back on track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunkmere View Post
    Im starting to care more for my tank and was going to go back to biopellets. I was thinking about how nice it was before the pellets and how its doing pretty good now with nothing. im doing kalk in my top off now and order some alk kits to get back on track.
    Its about time
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    Quote Originally Posted by skunkmere View Post
    Im starting to care more for my tank and was going to go back to biopellets. I was thinking about how nice it was before the pellets and how its doing pretty good now with nothing. im doing kalk in my top off now and order some alk kits to get back on track.
    I love pellets on a FO tank but will never run them again on a reef, especially w/ sps. I also went back to kalk in my ato...easiest and simplest way to maintain stability, plus it's cheap and easy.
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