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Old 11-26-2019, 04:25 PM   #91
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They haven't reached the crowd funding goal yet and there is only one week to go to make it happens.
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Old 03-01-2020, 06:26 AM   #92
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I have installed an Alkatronic made by Focustronic! It is a standalone alkalinity monitor with doser!

I chose this out of other brands because it is a standalone unit without relying on other equipment.

As it has only one pump for dosing alkalinity so I have to use Tropic Marin's Carbo-Calcium (KH+CA) which is a mixture of KH and CA. Tropic Marin also has another product called All-For-Reef which is a mixture of KH, CA, and MG, but it is more expensive. I figure I can dose magnesium manually once in a while.



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Old 03-01-2020, 10:12 AM   #93
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I have installed an Alkatronic made by Focustronic! It is a standalone alkalinity monitor with doser!

I chose this out of other brands because it is a standalone unit without relying on other equipment.

As it has only one pump for dosing alkalinity so I have to use Tropic Marin's Carbo-Calcium (KH+CA) which is a mixture of KH and CA. Tropic Marin also has another product called All-For-Reef which is a mixture of KH, CA, and MG, but it is more expensive. I figure I can dose magnesium manually once in a while.
I didn't even know such product even existed. Do you consider stable ALK is that important that a device like this will help?
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Old 03-01-2020, 12:45 PM   #94
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A stable tank will surely help. It can keep Alk within 0.2dkh.

Testing alk manually is very easy but how many of us will test it frequent enough? This unit can test it at least twice a day or even once every two hours!
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Old 04-18-2020, 08:19 PM   #95
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I like that Alkatronic very much, keep the alkalinity within 0.2 dkh between 8.0 and 8.2!

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The Tropic Marin Carbo-Calcium is also very good, keep the pH within 0.1 or so!

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The Tropic Marin Carbo-Calcium is also very good, keep the pH within 0.1 or so!
Interesting. How does that work? So you're dosing just Carbo-Calcium? Do you have any pictures of your current tank to share
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I use the powder carbo-calcium for a balance of calcium and alkalinity. So no need to test calcium. I have verified few times and the calcium is at 420~440. Just add magnesium manually.

https://aquarium.bulkreefsupply.com/...%20carbo&asug=

The All-for-Reef one will be double the cost, even using the DIY kit.
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Here are the pictures of FTS and Cyphastrea section. I am still trying to figure how to make better pictures! By the way how can you embed pictures on the post instead of just showing thumbnails?



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Here are the pictures of FTS and Cyphastrea section. I am still trying to figure how to make better pictures! By the way how can you embed pictures on the post instead of just showing thumbnails?
Looks like tank just need time to grow corals now. I forgot you are doing bare bottom now. There seem to be a lot of debate about this.. what made you decide on the barebottom?

Also, how do you like the wave makers - I don't have one but I may consider in the future.. I see most people mounting them horizontally, how's the flow withe current configuration?

See this post on taking photos under blue light - https://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/sho...04&postcount=8

Here's the photo I have attached to the post then linked to the article. This should work for sure as the photo is located on the GTA aquaria site.
- upload your photo as attachment
- goto attach files section where you can see the link to the photo
- copy the link of the photo (right click on the browser - copy link address)
- go to the post and use "insert image" then paste the link


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