Carbon dosing - method testing started

Discussion in 'Water Chemistry' started by steve wright, Mar 24, 2011.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    11,283
    Location:
    shenzhen Guangdong PRC
    [​IMG]

    4 tanks 18 x 12 x 15
    [​IMG]
    one end and back painted blue
    [​IMG]

    tanks set with 12 inch as the viewing face - this way a 1.2 m 6 x 54 watt T5 canopy can illuminate them all

    [​IMG]
    flow - will start of with the 100 gph small Resun wavemakers in each tank
    but can upgrade to the double sized Boyu models or even combine both

    [​IMG]
    Bubble Magus NAC QQ - internal protien skimmers rated for up to 25 gallons so in these 13 gallon set ups they are going to me more than ideal for purpose

    [​IMG]
    starting lamps
    2 x 10k ,2 x 20k and 2 x plant lamps

    tanks undergoing 24 hour leak testing now

    [​IMG]

    they will be filled with tapwater
    and I will be ensuring they get cyno, GHA and all the other typical isssues
    before skimmers are installed


    Steve
     
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2011
    2 people like this.
  2. Click Here!

  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    11,283
    Location:
    shenzhen Guangdong PRC
    [​IMG]

    this shows you how set up will be when completed

    skimmer back left corner and wave maker back right aiming forward

    once I have the cyno and GHA etc - I will cross contaminate in order to get all 4 tanks to similar conditions

    Tank 1 - extreme left - that will have GFO added using a Aquaexcell reactor and Atman pump - it will be manually cleaned, water changes , syphon etc - Old school

    Tank 2 - Will use Brightwells bio fuel - a commercial carbon source

    Tank 3 - Will use Vodka 40% proof - and dosed according to the general plan as written by Genetics and Stony corals in Vodka distilled

    Tank 4 - Will use an Aqua Excell reactor / Atman pump combo with BP bio pellets


    my aim is to see if either 1 of the carbon dosing techniques will
    be better at reducing the Nitrate and Phosphate I am going to deliberately encourage
    and will any be better at dealing with the resulting problem algaes and bacteria etc

    Steve
     
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2011
    2 people like this.
  4. Crimson Ghost

    Crimson Ghost Blue Ringed Angel

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    1,560
    Location:
    Somewhere south of disorder
    Great job Steve ! …. This is me subscribing.

    Hey, btw …. Is that your boys pretending to be Spiderman in your sig? cute.
     
  5. m2434

    m2434 Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Messages:
    3,471
    Is it april fools day already? WOW :eek:
    I'm speechless, this is incredible :beer:
     
  6. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    11,283
    Location:
    shenzhen Guangdong PRC
    Thank you Crimson Ghost
    yes those are my 9 and 3 year old wannabe rocker sons Alan and Ray


    Thank m2434 - its a genuine head to head to head to head
    Im interested personally, I do want to know if either is more or less effective at what they are supposed to be capable of doing

    there will be no higher life forms involved in this 1st run
    just bacteria and the nuisance algaes etc
    but it will be interesting to monitor both the numbers and the aesthetics

    Steve
     
  7. schackmel

    schackmel Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    Messages:
    3,153
    Location:
    St. Louis
    this is going to be very interesting, going to tag along!
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. Magnus

    Magnus Sharknado

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    Messages:
    1,923
    Location:
    Knoxville, TN
    Very interesting. I'm subscribing this thread. Thanks for the hard work, Steve.

    Sent from my Inspire 4G using Tapatalk
     
  10. Pickupman66

    Pickupman66 Tassled File Fish

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    Messages:
    1,991
    Location:
    Winchester, TN
    Steve,, Great IDEA! dont get mad at me but what about a control tank? or testing the Warner Marine Eco BAK product? BRS product?
     
  11. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2009
    Messages:
    11,283
    Location:
    shenzhen Guangdong PRC
    Thank you schackmel

    Thanks Magnus

    Thanks Pickupman66

    tank 1 is my control - in that it wont be carbon dosed, it will just run using traditional methods GFO - increased flow and water changes

    EcoBak - to be honest I would have loved to have tried that, but the only pellet we have here thus far is the BP version

    but if they show up - Ill still have the 4 set ups and hopefully 1 day may be able to do a head to head on 2 or more pellet products

    Steve
     
  12. fishyfinder

    fishyfinder Teardrop Maxima Clam

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2008
    Messages:
    815
    Location:
    Ohio State
    Awesome Steve! Man, I am curious now. I will be following this along.