Going to do a water change this morning on the tank. It's going, despite multiple attempts to sell it. Lol. Oh well, I'll enjoy it while I have it. My heart really isn't into getting rid of it.
So far the acros are doing well. No indication that they are melting or browning or even paleing. So they are doing just fine.
I am actually looking into buying either an AI Prime or an AI Hydra 26, depending on how well the next deer season goes. It's been a rough summer with no work. I am hoping that things pick up soon. If not, I might be moonlighting as a bus boy.
I'm getting OK growth. Not like what I have seen in some peoples tanks. I guess I could consider it.
The only thing is that I am having some weird brown algae type of mess in my tank, and I have never had this issue until running these cheap Chinese led lights. It's on the sandbed and underneath some rocks and stuff. The astrina snails eat it, but it comes back. It didn't even go away with the addition of the phosphate reactor. It isn't dino, cause I have had a lot of experience with dino..,.. Just don't have a clue. This is one of those times I wish I had a microscope again.
I'm thinking that possibly switching to a higher quality LED light could get rid of the issue.
I had the mar aqua 165 led over my nano and got that brown crap. Started vodka dosing and it went away in a couple weeks. I now have the mars aqua over my 92 reef after reinstalling the optics I removed for the nano.
Ok, I think I figured out what is causing my algae problem. My phosphates are 0.25ppm and I think it's because the TDS coming off my RODI unit has jumped to 25ppm. I'll be ordering some new filters soon... Probably in the next 30 days or so.
Despite the high increase in phosphates, coralline is growing and doing well and some of the corals are still growing and doing fine. Doing water changes with this water though isn't really removing the phosphates like I would want it to.
I'm thinking about changing out my phosphate media. The last time I did that, the big montipora cap sloughed off a bit of tissue and with acros in the tank, I'm kinda worried about bleaching them. I might end up only replacing about half of what I usually replace and then add the other half next week.
In combination with getting my RO water down to zero again, I'm going to buy one of those hydra 26 led units sometime in the next three months.
Anyways,... I'll post some pictures in a few minutes.
It's annoying when life shows up like that. I always try to have a spare/replacement/backup everything so I don't get caught in a pinch. It's not always possible, though. Come to think of it, I should probably order some replacement cartridges for my RODI as well...