Monday, 4 February 2013
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
After mixing fauna Marin balling lite mixes for some time with confusion and no simple reference guide I have decided to add a small article to help me and fellow reefers. To simplify matters for all I am publishing this information in grams per litre not the confusing unit as used by fauna Marin. This is because myself and many others mix using smaller amounts.
Magnesium mix = magnesium chloride hexahydrate diluted to 500 grams per RO litre.
Alkalinity mix = Sodium Bicarbonate diluted to 125 grams per RO litre with 12ml of iodine added. A little tip to help dilute salts is to heat RO water in the microwave for a few minutes.
Calcium mix = Calcium chloride dehydrate diluted to 500 grams per litre with 12 ml of heavy metal complex and 12 ml strontium/barium complex. Warning, when mixing calcium it gets very hot very quickly, this is normal. Just be careful.
When mixing place half the amount of RO water needed into container then add balling salts to the container , then top up to litre unit. If you start with a litre of water then add salts you will end up with too much for your container.
Always mix salts into water, not water into salts.
I hope this guide will help you in the future feel free to bookmark or print and use as a quick reference guide in the future.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Monday, 2 January 2012
It's awesome, running at just 10 watts it produces loads of micro bubbles. It is producing much more waste than my old TMC V2 500 skimmer and this was running from a ocean runner 2500 pump using 50 watts of power. so this should save me some money to help with the purchase of a auto top up unit. Not only is it cheaper to run it is much quieter and tidier.
This in turn has got rid of all the piping running to the storage cabinet underneath and as given me the chance to tidy the cabinet up and make things much more accessible.
Here you can see it in operation.
This shows how much tidier it is.
And the cabinet
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
The news of big aquarium manufacturers such as ecotech and D&D, utilising the new Cree LED lighting technology is making me listen. Metal halide performance is becoming achievable with led lighting with many advatages, such as reduced heat, lower running costs, and much more it has to be the way to go.
The Ecotech Radion XR30 has 24 cree XP lights totaling 130 watts. these consist of blue, white and green bulbs. the unit is upgradable and its customisable functionalitly allows users to exchange firmware online. Like most things Ecotech is utilisers the 'w' wire less technology to sync with pumps to create variouse weather conditions. More information is available at ecotechmarine .
D&Ds equivalant the A1 SOL has 24 cree LED's, 16 white and 8 blue totalling 75 watts claiming high enough output to keep many SPS Corals. I beleive this unit to be aimed at the nano style aquariums like the ecotech, but this does'nt mean multiple units cant be used togeather. Variouse hanging kits are also available, again more info available at theaquariumsolution.
Friday, 4 November 2011
Regular readers of this blog will know about my battle with algae, well it as started again but in a different form (unsure of name). The thing is the algae is only on the right hand side of the reef aquarium. From my photos you will see my aquarium is approx 90cm wide, 40cm depth and 60cm deep, with a tall rock formation on the left hand side and of cause the location of my MP10. I feel this is reducing flow to the right hand side where the algae is growing and i consider this to be the cause.
My options to solve this problem are to purchase another Vortech MP10 but feel this to be a costly solution. the more favorable solution that i have decided to put to action is to relocate the powerhead to the centre of the back glass. This has in turn created more uniform flow throughout the aquarium, and time will tell if this cures the algae problem.
Thursday, 20 October 2011