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Vertex Pro Bio
Solid carbon dosing
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- I've added a few more tablespoons of pellets the couple of water changes to get it up to the proper dosage. I'm still in the undecided camp on this product. It's nice not to remember to have to dose vodka, but I've learned a few things through my observations.
I've read several comments about the bacteria produced need more nitrates to consume an equal amount of phosphates. With my low bio-load, I'm starting to think that may be true. I'm still seeing algae (bryopsis). Instead of overfeeding, I'm leaning towards more fish. After all, fish poop is supposed to be good for coral!
I'm still seeing cyano bacteria. I've changed the outflow on my reactor to be long enough to drain near the skimmer intake. My skimmer (ASM mini-g) may not be up to snuff either. But I'm not dropping 2-3 bills on a new skimmer yet (I need new bulbs soon and some LED is on my wish list).
Water is certainly clearer and I only need to clean the glass twice a week.
I'm going to leave it online for a while longer, maybe adding more pellets and a little larger pump. I'm not satisfied that the one that's on it now is sufficient.
- Today I'm taking the pellets offline. I haven't had any issues with 'trates, but then I never did. It's always been PO4. I'm still seeing some bryopsis ans green algae on the glass, even though the PO4 test still shows nothing. Time for a Hanna or such and back to Rowaphos for a while. I'll use vodka to handle any 'trates if any show up.