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  1. zachegg

    Bristleworm

    Bristle worm growth is related to available food. My question is, did they grow that large in your system? And if so maybe you are over feeding?
  2. zachegg

    Bristleworm

    Yes but you have to deep fry them
  3. I've had two over the years and currently use one in a small tank that I don't have a controller set up on. BRS has a video where they tested temp control on several heaters and the cobalt was the best even beating out a non thermostatically control heater controlled by an Apex. The video is worth checking out. With that said heaters fail and I had a cobalt fail after about 2 years and it did fail in the off mode. IMO if you are using a controller like Apex it's not worth the money but if you don't have one I would spend the extra money. So what kind of tank are you planning? Don't be holding out on us LOL.
  4. Man, I need to get a few out of my tank They have reproduced and I have about 50 of them LOL. Started with 6 GLWS!
  5. zachegg

    Who uses GFO?

    I will second @Muttley000. I like the Hanna Checkers. I've found them to be accurate and repeatable.
  6. zachegg

    Who uses GFO?

    I have started running an algae scrubber to help with phosphate. I haven't tested recently but I know I'm growing algae rather quickly so it must be working .
  7. zachegg

    What salt?

    I'll second that.
  8. zachegg

    Water Change

    Well keep me posted if you hear how the new ATI two part works for other people. You have me thinking about a plan B. I recently bought some coral from @Reefbuilder and he was using BRS two part and Aquavitro Fuel and had some amazing growth. It would be that or Triton. https://www.aquavitro.com/fuel.php
  9. zachegg

    Water Change

    Is the calcium and essential elements combined or just alk and calcium?
  10. zachegg

    Water Change

    You're about to rain on my parade aren't you . Give me the bad news. If I can't get anymore I'm set up for almost a year at my current stocking level.
  11. zachegg

    Ai Prime

    I have not although I have non HD Hydra's and I control mine with the AWM module through Apex. My prime is an HD and I use the app to control it and have not had any issues with it either. I have read about the problems. I've see three things, first abuse, second connectivity issues which is usually a user hardware issue with their wireless network, and third being a truly faulty product. I think alot of the faulty product problem comes from AI over driving channels in the HD models and that is just my opinion. I don't overdrive my prime and it has been very reliable going on 18 months and it was used 6 months before i bought it used. I bought my prime used for a nano tank I started with then bought a complete set up from a member on this board that included the Hydra's. I cannot be happier with the performance of the lights I have and if they died tomorrow I would probably buy AI again.
  12. zachegg

    Ai Prime

    I have an AI prime and 2 Hydra 52's and here is my take. The most popular programs I've seen are Saxby, Pirates of the Caribbean, Rum Runner, and BRS AB+ and if you become a member of the AI user group on FB you can find hundreds more. You will have sucess with any of them if you adjust the overall intensity to get the correct PAR level needed for your tank. I ran the saxby schedule for a long time then started to modify it to my liking. I lowered the whites and raised the blues and uv. Saxby and many other schedule use respiration spikes which I always included in modified program. I recently started adding more SPS and wanted to get more PAR. I took my modified saxby, which became something closer to BRS AB+ program, and cranked all the blues, violet and UV to 100% and at the peak of the ramp I'm at 100% overall intensity and removed all the respiration spikes. I was concerned some of my soft coral would suffer but so far everyone is happy. I've been using AI's for a couple years and it's taken me a long time to get comfortable with adjusting the individual spectrum levels but I would suggest picking a program that is visually appealing to the eye and go with it. Get the PAR right and have fun! If you want help getting it set up let me know I'd be happy to help.
  13. zachegg

    Water Change

    15-20 gallons once a month on my 80 gallon. I dose three part ATI, have a good skimmer and recently started using an algae scrubber. I'm monitoring phosphate now I'm running the scrubber to possibly extend that out. I have gone as long as a month and a half with no issues without the algae scrubber. I think what ever nutrient export and dosing methods you use dictate the need for water changes. I just started the algae scrubber about 2 weeks ago and I'm just starting to see some algae. I have already notice my ph swing starting to level out a bit.
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