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Old 10/29/2020, 02:58 PM   #1
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Recommended Macro Water Parameters

I found this at:
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Temperature: Between 23-28 C ( A higher temperature will stress most macroalgae species and can damage them )

PH: 8-8.4

Alkalinity: 8-11

Salinity: 1.024 - 1.026

Nitrate: Between 3-10 ppm, minimum 2ppm

Phosphate: Below 0.5 ppm, good is 0,03 ppm, minimum 0.02ppm

Magnesium: Around 1200 ppm - 1350 ppm

Calcium: Around 400 ppm - 450 ppm ( high levels are important for calcified species like Halimeda)

Iron: Around 0.01 ppm

Iodine: around 0.04 ppm


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Old 10/30/2020, 09:33 PM   #2
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That's a really good article, thanks.


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Old 11/01/2020, 10:08 AM   #3
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It's good to have some numbers to shoot for


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Old 11/02/2020, 01:36 PM   #4
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My latest numbers ppm
Phos 0.03
Iron 2.23
Nitrate 100


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Old 11/08/2020, 02:01 PM   #5
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Nice greg10! Now folks have some numbers to shoot for. Very helpful!


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Old 11/14/2020, 08:14 AM   #6
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Numbers this week:
Phos 0.08
Nitrate 50
Iron 0.70

I added NeoPhos, no nitrate or iron added.
Lots of iron consumption
my display is at 0.02 iron


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Old 11/21/2020, 01:44 PM   #7
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Iron 0.3
Nitrate 100
Phosphate 0.08


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Old 11/29/2020, 06:44 PM   #8
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Iron 0.24
Nitrate 50
Phosphate 0.09


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Old 11/29/2020, 07:50 PM   #9
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Did you notice faster macroalgae growth with high nitrate?


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Old 11/29/2020, 10:19 PM   #10
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Yes, things improved

I had been at 0 phosphate and 0 nitrate and 0 iron


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Old 12/12/2020, 11:30 AM   #11
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Iron 0.12

Phosphate 0.00


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Old 01/26/2021, 01:52 PM   #12
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Phosphate is up to 0.04

I've been having controller issues


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Old 02/20/2021, 10:18 AM   #13
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Hey greg10! How's it going? I'd love to hear more on your progress. I think we could all learn form your efforts to hit ideal parameters for macros. You should start a tank thread and get more connected with us guys and galls in the macro section. I have found the interaction incredibly valuable. It's really a supportive group, where we all share our struggles and offer help to each other.

I'd like to know more about your tank setup and size, lighting, gizmos, and the plants you are keeping.

Best of luck and keep us apprised.


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Old 02/20/2021, 10:37 AM   #14
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Hi Michael,
I had a huge controller issue the last several months. It would intermittently just shutoff. Then it started shutting off and staying off for hours or even a couple days. Then it would start back up again. I ended up using the refugium classic controller to keep my whole system going.

I finally got a replacement controller. My refugium is fine, but my display tank took a beating.

I regularly watch this group and your great posts. I'll get some pictures up soon.


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Old 02/20/2021, 12:55 PM   #15
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Sorry to hear of your controller issues. That's got to be frustrating. Do you have a reef display connected to a macro refugium?


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Old 02/20/2021, 02:21 PM   #16
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I am with Michael in inviting you to share about your tank and system. We love hearing from new folks and learning from one another.

Sorry to hear about the controller issue. Those sort of things are discouraging but I am sure that your display will bounce back.


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