Thanks Tristan, I'm going to see what happens in the next 30 days or so and if the Chaeto stabilizes. I stopped dosing the Kent Strontium/Molybdenum & Brightwell Boron as of 6/30/15. These 2 items were dosed daily for 30 days and since I'm not testing these levels, I don't want to over dose these elements. The Iron/Manganese is still dosed daily.
Still running but I have paid no attention to them. Lowered the lighting schedule from 15 to 12 hours to see if that made any difference, reduced the Iron/Manganese to 3x week from daily, reduced the Boron to 1x a week from daily, totally stopped the Molybdenum/Strontium and no difference.
The E24 from a top view looks like it's holding on to the last Chaeto seeding but definitely not growing enough to be pruned. The C30 is not holding on at all. Top view looks like all or most of the Chaeto has died out.
Me too. I dunno. Maybe we shld not be using protein skimmer and phosban or anything to lower d phosphate just to grow chaeto. But i bought it not to show chaeto growth but to help my sps display tank flourish and my priority is my display tank over the chaeto.
I have not been able to successfully grow Chaeto up until recently in one system. The smaller system utilizing the E24 started up for the first time recently since April after 4 reseeds of Chaeto.
I took a photo right before pruning:
The levels of Nitrate & Phosphate have gone up so your question is somewhat correct.
The larger fowlr system with the C30 has not been successful at all in attempts to grow Chaeto.
It took me most of the weekend but I got the plumbing for my Pax Bellum ARID 30 completed. I have not turned the pump on or leak tested it but am hopeful that everything works! Here is a video of the setup. I am happy with how it turned out.
Pecan2phat - Yes, I have a nice step ladder in my fish room as I need it to do anything in my 30" tall tank. I chose the Vectra because it is cheaper than a red dragon and I want a nice variable speed DC pump that I can control the flow on. Now I just need to get some Chaetomorpha for the reactor!
How do you guys deal with the light bleed out of the reactor? With a reverse photo period, my fish room is lit up all night. I have the ARID 30 so the light only comes out the top. I was thinking of getting a custom cut piece of vinal to place on the top. I am open to other suggestions that look good and don't impact the head exchanger.