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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
So this is the Bubble Magus Dosing Pump BM-T01. It's design is pretty sweet, it has a interactive interface and a nicely bright display to show you what you are selecting. The instructions that come with it are pretty confusing but after some trial and error I was able to figure it out and adjust it to my specifications.
There are four buttons in the front. They are label as Up, Down, Enter, Esc. The Bubble Magus comes with 3 dosing pumps and has the capability of connecting the up to 2 BTM-T02 on the back of the unit to combine a total of up to 11 dosing pumps.
The Unit came with a 3 meter tubing but I didn't like the feel to it as it wasn't flexible and long enough. I replaced it with the Tom Aquatics Flexible Airline Tubing. I also got the SeaSide Aquatics tube bracket to assist on holding the tubes back to the tank. It has plastics screws to gently tightly fit the flexible tube to keep them in place.
I seen so many dosing containers that have the tubing connection on the top. So the pressure from the dosing pump pushes the liquid up the tubing. The flaw with this is that liquid settles on the bottom where it's all concentrated and doesn't mix the liquid well. The Aquamaxx was a great choice since it has the connection on the bottom. It has a valve in case you need to shut it off and remove the tubing. The lid easily pops up to refill the container
At the 1st initial set up you have to manually pump the liquid up to the tubing close to the output of the flexible tube. If you don't do this, it will take several days till the liquid is push out. The dosing pump can do from 1 ml to 1999 ml and can do up to 24 cycle per day. The many options allows you to control the setting to your own specification. I recommend to do low amounts daily than having a large dosing amount at the end of the week. This will keep your tank establish to the correct trace elements value without fluctuation to much. I recommend to do the math on which ever brand you are using on the trace elements to start with. That way you know around the basic amount to dose and test weekly to adjust and achieve the correct amount needed to your tank. It's better to be safe and not to overdose and end up loosing your livestock.
I have to say I been very happy with the results of the unit and the combination of the dosing containers. It has made the reef tank a lot more easier to maintain and not to mention healthier corals, fishes and other invertebrates.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
So I decided to go to the next level and try the Red Sea System to help out on my tank. Currently I'm dosing Aquamaxx A & B, but I wanted to incorporate something else as my corals are looking dull and not to full in color.
Since I have a medium stock aquarium i get issues with nitrates and phosphates. So my 1st concerns on the list was to get rid of my nitrates and reduce phosphates. That way I can get healthy growth and I really don't want to experience any algae at the moment. The Red Sea NO3:PO4-X is a great additive that uses organic elements and "unique complex of carbons" as stated by Red Sea, or in another words this is similar to vodka dosing. This will reduce excess nutrients in your system(nitrates and phosphates) I won't get into details or physics on the breakdown. I started using this application with a small amount of 3.5 ml per day(the directions indicate to use 3ml per every 25gl. If nitrate level is above 10ppm, anything less than 10ppm will between 1-2ml per every 25gl). Within the 4th day i saw results that my nitrates and phosphates had reduce to zero or close to zero. After bringing down my nitrates and phosphates I followed up with my 10% weekly water change. (a healthy tank means happy corals)
Since I do 10% water change on my tank every week, I add the Red Sea Colors A,B,C,D in between the week. I carefully test my Iron, Iodine, Potassium levels to make sure I'm dosing the correct amount. Please note that this are also very important elements to maintain a nice vibrant color on your corals. So far the program has worked really great on my system and plan on continuing using it.
Here are a couple of sample pics.