Saturday, August 4, 2018

New Bubble Magus Curve Elite Series


 Curve Elite Series By Bubble Magus

The new innovative space saving design by Bubble Magus is the Curve Elite Series, in addition to offering a very small footprint and a pipeless airflow, and extra padded cushion for noise control, the real notable design change is that the Bubble Magus Curve Elite Series is the only model that uses the Italian Sicce PSK series needle wheel pumps.


Before the Bubble Magus Elite series released in June of 2018, the original Curve models used the Rock pumps, designed by Bubble magus, that seemed to still hold their own, and get the job done, But now with the Curve Elite Skimmers using the powerful Sicce PSK pump in all 3 of the Elite Models, my fellow Reefers are sure to be impressed with the efficacy used to generate foam.





Bubble Magus Elite Series has a great price tag and comes in 3 sizes depending on the size of your Tank..

Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite Series, Internal Protein Skimmer with Sicce SK200 Pump

Features:
  • High quality polished cell cast acrylic body
  • Long lasting efficient skimmer pump
  • Needle wheel impeller for optimal micro-bubbles
  • Innovative features
  • Stylish space saving design
  • Efficient venturi
  • High air suction
Technical Details:
  • Footprint = 7.3" x 7.1"
  • Height = 18.5"
  • Rated for aquariums up to 130 gallons
  • Recommended running level = 9.5" - 11" water depth
  • Pump: Sicce SK-200
    • Power: 18 watts, 120 V ~ 60 Hz / 0.6 A
    • Pump output = 375 gph
    • Air intake = 300 lph

Bubble Magus Curve 7 Elite Series, Internal Protein Skimmer with Sicce PSK-600 Pump

Features:
  • High quality polished cell cast acrylic body
  • Long lasting efficient skimmer pump
  • Needle wheel impeller for optimal micro-bubbles
  • Innovative features
  • Stylish space saving design
  • Efficient venturi
  • High air suction

Technical Details:
  • Footprint = 9.3" x 7.9"
  • Height = 21"
  • Rated for aquariums up to 240 gallons
  • Recommended running level = 9.5" - 11" water depth
  • Pump: Sicce PSK-600
  • Power: 29 watts, 120 V ~ 60 Hz / 0.33 A
  • Pump output = 661 gph
  • Air intake = 520 lph

Bubble Magus Curve 9 Elite Series, Internal Protein Skimmer with Sicce PSK-1200 Pump


Features:
  • High quality polished cell cast acrylic body
  • Long lasting efficient skimmer pump
  • Needle wheel impeller for optimal micro-bubbles
  • Innovative features
  • Stylish space saving design
  • Efficient venturi
  • High air suction
Technical Details:
  • Footprint = 11.6" x 9.3"
  • Height = 23.6"
  • Rated for aquariums up to 400 gallons
  • Recommended running level = 9.5" - 11" water depth
  • Pump: Sicce PSK-1200
  • Power: 60 watts, 120 V ~ 60 Hz / 0.9 A
  • Pump output = 1049 gph
  • Air intake = 900 lph



Sometimes the instruction manual can be a little confusing!! So here is a great Step by Step video to help you set up your Elite the correct way!!










Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Chaetomopha

CHAETOMORPHA




Chaetomorpha, Chaeto, Spaghetti Algae, or Chato is a Macro Algae that is extremely beneficial to a reef aquarium. It absorbes nitrates and phosphates from your saltwater aquarium. Keeping your parameters in check, helping your corals grow better and faster.


We sell our Chaeto for $12.00 plus $3.50 shipping for about 2 cups worth, more than you will find from anywhere else!!

Chaeto will arrive in a plastic bag with a paper towel and a small amount of water, Our Chaeto is full and Thick and extremely healthy!!



Live Chaetomorpha Chaeto Chato Marine Macro Algae Nitrate Remover.   This is one of the hardiest and most commonly used algaes. Great for introducing into marine aquariums. As a nutrient exporter, it absorbs, or feeds on dissolved organic waste. This algae thrives on fish waste, nitrates, & phosphates. This is a big contributor to maintaining a healthy aquarium system for our fish and corals. Also gives your copepods and anthropods a place to thrive and breed. This is like a natural protein skimmer and helps to purify our water. Introducing this algae is a natural way of maintaining good water quality for our corals also. This is chaetomorpha  raised grown and raised in our own marine reef system and will be hand picked at time of purchase.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Vermetid Snail Pest Removal



The Vermetid Snail is a very Unwanted Saltwater Aquarium Pest, A Coral killer,  that is a stationary gastropod, often red, brown or purple in color, that has a hard shell that is cemented hard to your rocks, corals, glass, and other snail shells.

Vermetid Snails will slowly kill your corals by smothering them with the mucus webs they cast from the ends of their open tube shells, which are used to catch food and nutrients they need for survival, the webs often irritate surrounding corals, causing polyps to remain closed eventually ending in tissue loss. 

Vermetids also hurt or slowly kill corals by stealing their much needed calcium, impeding their skeletal growth! Often the Vermetids will attach their selves to a coral causing lesions that will result in tissue loss and tissue damage, eventually killing the coral if not removed.



The best practice is to manually remove the Vermetid Snail, using a razor of sorts to cut the snail from the rock, coral, or whatever it may be attached to from the base of the snail. The snail is not in the tip of the tube, its actually down in the base of the tube as you can see in the picture. 
Some aquarist will glue the tips of the snail closed, which will kill the snail, eventually starving it, but after doing this over a period of time, you will end up with unwanted nutrients in your system due to the dead creature still trapped in your tank. 
There is much controversy about different types of Fish, Dips or Treatments to kill these snails, but from most of the research I have done, I have come to the conclusion that its just best to manually remove them.

 


Sunday, May 13, 2018

The New YouTube Reef Tank Build

                     The YouTube Tank Build Is Underway!!

Thanks to ARC Reef, We just Received our Reef Rock to begin the Aqua scape. Our YouTube Viewers and Subscribers will be able to voice their opinions and ideas that will allow them to have a major impact on the outcome of this build!



We will be filming the progress of this build the whole way through, our viewers will not miss anything that goes on during this build!! It is so important that we teach as many people as possible about how important the reefs in the oceans are to our planet!

We owe many thanks to ARC Reef for sponsoring us and our channel. Be sure to check out their website, For every pound of live rock they sell they plant 10 pounds back into the ocean!! So by purchasing your live rock from ARC Reef, you are helping rebuild the oceans reefs!! So far they have planted over 200,000 pounds of reef material, and they have created over 43,500 sq ft. of New Coral Reefs of the Coast of Maimi Florida, Called Heart Reef!!!


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Copepods and Amphipods, Facts and Breeding Tips and Tricks





Copepods are extremely important to a well balanced aquarium ecosystem, not only are they extremely beneficial, but they are also an important food source required by some species to survive.


Copepods and Amphipods are a natural part of the plankton food chain, so they will naturally occur in a saltwater aquarium. If you already have a well established tank you probably see many of the little guys on the glass of your aquarium, in the substrate and even on your rocks.

If your tank has not been going long you can easily buy them from many different online vendors. If you want to breed them like we do to ensure your population never depletes check out our YouTube video above. 


Its not to hard to breed pods, just get a 10 galloon tank, have your salinity at around 1.023, temperature around 78 Degrees F, and add chaeto, they love to breed in the stuff, we even added a small amount of substrate and rubble from our live rocks, then some pinky's filter floss from our sump, they were already breeding in it in the sump so we simply transferred it over. We add phytoplankton til the water has a green tint, when the water begins to clear after a few days you just add more, giving the little guys plenty to eat. We also added a small amount of fish flakes or pellets just to ensure we have enough for them to eat. We add fresh Chaeto to their tank and only keep the lights on the pod tank about 2-4 hrs a day. To transfer our pods we will take a small bit of the water, pick up the chaeto and shake it out giving us several hundred at a time, sometimes we will use our Pod Condo, video below, it makes transferring pods extremely easy. Water Changes are very important when breeding pods, you don't want your parameters to get to crazy, and they always breed better right after a water change. 



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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Frogspawn Coral


The Frogspawn Coral is a LPS Coral, Euphyllia Divisa, and is sometimes called a wall coral, Grape Coral, Honey Coral, Honey Coral Wall, and even a Octopus Coral.




The Frogspawn Coral does best when placed on the bottom half of your tank, with low water flow and moderate to high lighting.  Make sure you keep some distance between this and other corals since it has sweeper tentacles and my sting nearby corals, you can have the Frogspawn coral close to his brother, the Hammer Coral, they get along pretty good and will not harm one another, but its cousin the Torch Coral needs to be a good distance from both of these guys since they will harm one another. The Branches of this coral are not connected so therefore if one branch is hurt or dead it will not affect the other branch. The frogspawn coral is not recommended for beginners as it can be quite difficult to handle for starters. 




The Frogspawn Coral produces its food via photosynthesis. It will also accept meaty foods such as raw shrimp, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp and silverside when placed near the oral opening. The Frogspawn Coral will grow rapidly in a marine aquarium if the tank parameters are perfect.  Adding Calcium and other trace elements to the water is important to maintain this corals good health!






  • SCIENTIFIC NAME:                         Euphyllia Divisa
  • CARE LEVEL:                                    Moderate
  • TEMPERAMENT:                            Aggressive
  • DIET:                                                 Phytoplankton, Meaty foods
  • LIGHTING:                                       Moderate to Intense
  • WATER FLOW:                                Moderate
  • PLACEMENT:                                   Bottom Half
  • TEMPERATURE:                            72  -  78 Degrees F
  • PH:                                                     8.2  -  8.4
  • SG:                                                    1.022  -  1.025
  • DKH:                                                 8  -  12
  • CALCIUM:                                      350  -  420
  • MAGNESIUM:                               1200  -  1350


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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Doughnut Coral Information


The Doughnut Coral is a LPS Coral, Acanthophylia sp., and is also known as the Meat Coral. 


The Doughnut Coral does best if placed on the bottom half of your tank, with low water flow and moderate lighting. Make sure you keep some distance between this and other corals since it can double its size when it expands. The Doughnut Coral can grow up to 12" in an aquarium if properly maintained. They will be very easy to keep as long as they get enough space for it to grow. This coral would be an excellent choice for beginners to expert aquarist!




The Doughnut Coral produces food through photosynthesis but will also except meaty foods as well when it is placed near the oral opening.  Adding Calcium and other trace elements to your water is extremely important for growth of this coral. 



      • SCIENTIFIC NAME:              Acanthophylia Sp.
      • CARE LEVEL:                        Moderate
      • TEMPERMENT:                     Semi-Aggressive
      • DIET:                                        Phytoplankton, meaty foods
      • LIGHTING:                          Moderate
      • WATER FLOW:                   Low
      • PLACEMENT:                       Bottom Half
      • TEMPERATURE:                 72  -  78 Degrees F
      • PH:                                          8.2  -  8.4
      • SG:                                        1.022  -  1.025
      • DKH:                                     8  -  12
      • CALCIUM:                       350 - 420
      • MAGNESIUM:                1200 - 1350



Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Bubble Coral



The Bubble Coral is a LPS Coral, Physogyra sp. 

Other names include... Bubble Pearl Coral, Pearl Grape Coral, Small Bubble Coral, and Pearleye.



Placement of The Bubble Coral is best on the bottom half of the tank, with low to mild water flow and moderate lighting.   Make sure you keep some distance between this and other corals because it tends to be aggressive and may sting other corals if nearby.  The Bubble Coral may sting aquarist as well if it is disturbed while its tentacles are open so be careful when handling it.  This coral requires careful handling and is only recommended for intermediate or expert aquarist.




The Bubble Coral gets most of its nutrients through photosynthesis.  It will also filter feed upon marine foods such as zooplankton, raw shrimp, Mysis shrimp and meaty bits of silverdale.  Adding Calcium and other trace elements to the water is necessary for proper growth of this coral.




  • SCIENTIFIC NAME:                 Physogyra sp.
  • CARE LEVEL:                            Easy
  • TEMPERAMENT:                      Aggressive
  • DIET:                                            Phytoplankton, zooplankton, Meaty foods
  • LIGHTING:                                 Moderate
  • WATER FLOW:                         Low to Moderate
  • PLACEMENT:                            Bottom half
  • TEMPERATURE:                       72 - 78 Degrees F
  • PH                                                  8.2 - 8.4
  • SG:                                                 1.022 - 1.025
  • DKH:                                             8 - 12

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Brain Coral Information



The Brain Coral is relatively easy to maintain and is an excellent choice for beginner aquarists to experts!


The Brain Coral is found throughout the Indian Ocean. Other Common names may include... Closed Brain Coral, Pineapple Coral, Star Coral, Worm Coral, Moon Coral, and Honeycomb Coral.


The Brain Coral is Carnivorous in its feeding habits and will filter feed on foods such as Mysis Shrimp, copepods, zooplankton, phytoplankton, brine shrimp and other meaty foods.  Adding Calcium and Magnesium supplements is important to help this coral grow. 


The Brain Coral is best placed anywhere with mild water flow and moderate lighting. Keeping distance between the Brain Coral and Other corals is very important because it has sweeper tentacles which can sting other corals at night, causing tissue damage to neighboring corals.


  • SCIENTIFIC NAME:         Favites sp.
  • CARE LEVEL:                   Easy
  • TEMPERAMENT:             Aggressive
  • DIET:                                   Phytoplankton, Meaty foods
  • LIGHTING:                        Moderate
  • WATER FLOW:                Moderate
  • PLACEMENT:                   Anywhere
  • TEMPERATURE:             72 - 78 Degrees F
  • PH:                                       8.2 - 8.4
  • SG:                                       1.022- 1.025
  • DKH:                                   8 - 12
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Alveopora Coral Information



The Alveopora Coral can be quite hard to maintain so its best recommended for experienced aquarist. 

The Alveopora Coral gets its nutrition through photosynthesis. It will also filter feed upon baby brine shrimp, copepods and zooplankton. 

The Alveopora Coral is best placed at the bottom half of your tank, with medium to low water flow. This coral needs moderate lighting, and the use of actinic lighting is preferred since it will highlight this corals natural beauty. The Alveopora is a territorial coral and will sting other species within its reach so be sure to leave 2-3 inches of distance between it and other corals to keep others from getting harmed.  


The Alveopora Coral is found through out the Indian Ocean. Other Common names may include Alveopora Branching Flower Pot Coral, Yoo Stone Coral, Alveopora Ball Coral, Alveopora Sunflower Coral and The Alveopora Daisy Coral.

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME:       Alveopora Catalai 
  • CARE LEVEL:                  Moderate
  • TEMPERAMENT:            Semi-Aggressive
  • DIET:                                  Phytoplankton, Brine Shrimp, Copepods
  • LIGHTING:                       Moderate
  • WATER FLOW:               Low
  • PLACEMENT:                  Bottom
  • TEMPERATURE:            72-78 Degrees F
  • PH:                                      1.022-1.025
  • SG:                                      8-12
  • DKH:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Saltwater Clean Up Crew and the Algae they help with



Saltwater Clean up Crews and what types of Algae they help with...

Since the 1980s the phrase "clean up crew" has been used by aquarist and hobbyist, and is used to refer to various small invertebrates used in keeping a reef aquarium clear of pest algae.

The 3 most popular are blue legged hermit crabs, turinaria snails and emerald crabs. Then you have scarlet hermit crabs, limpets, peppermint shrimp, brittle stars, copepods, arthropods, astrea snails, bumble bee snails, nassarius snails, nerite snails, turbo snails, drawf snails, margarita snails, skunk shrimp, sea urchins, and other sea stars.

Different types of marine animals are used for different types of algae, you can use Cerates, Nerites and blue legged hermits to help with Cyano, which is basically a red slimy mess which is long and stringy, and is brownish and sometimes a powdery mess on your aquarium glass and rocks.

You can use ceriths, nerites, astreas, turbos, limpets, chitons and amphipods to help with film algae, which is a micro algae that covers the aquarium glass like a dust.

Blue legged Hermits, Scarlet hermit crabs, turbo snails, limpets, and chitons are the kind of crew you need for long hair algae, which is pretty easy to id, Its usually caused from to much nitrates and phosphates.

Diatoms usually occur after a saltwater tank cycles and is caused from sand or rock or something plastically has recently been added to the tank, ceriths, nerites and chitins are usually the best guys for this job.

Green bubble algae looks like tiny bubbles all over your rock and grows incredibly fast, it can dominate a tank in a month if not taken care of. You will need Emerald crabs for this job. Juvenile emerald crabs are a little better, the smaller the better, so they can really grab hold of the algae without bursting the bubbles. You don't want this algae to spread all over your tank.


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Button Coral Information


Button Coral (LPS)

The Button Coral is a LPS coral and orginated from Australia and Indonesia. Other Common names for the Button Coral include Cat's Eye Cynarina Coral, Meat Polyp Coral, Tooth Coral,  Flat Brain Coral, Knob Coral and Teary Eye Coral.



The Button Coral is best placed toward the bottom of a reef aquarium with low water flow, since strong water current can limit its full stretching.  It also requires low to moderate lighting as it may not open up fully if the intensity of the light is too high. Make sure you keep some distance between this coral and other corals since it can double its size and would need enough space to grow.  The Button Coral would make a great addition to any tank since its very hardy and easy to maintain, Its an excellent Coral for beginners!




The Button Coral Derives most of its nutrition through photosynthesis. Its nocturnal in feeding habit and will also filter feed a few times per week on marine foods suck as meaty bits of raw shrimp, Mysis shrimp, and zooplankton. Adding Calcium and trace elements to the water is important to help this coral grow. 


  • SCIENTIFIC NAME:                         Cynarina lacrymalis
  • CARE LEVEL:                                    Easy
  • TEMPERAMENT:                              Peaceful
  • DIET:                                                    Phytoplankton, Meaty foods
  • LIGHTING:                                         Moderate
  • WATER FLOW:                                 Low
  • PLACEMENT:                                    Bottom Half
  • TEMPERATURE:                              72 - 78 Degrees F
  • PH:                                                        8.2 - 8.4
  • SG:                                                        1.022 - 1.025
  • DKH:                                                     8 - 12


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Sunday, April 29, 2018

ARC Reef and Heart Reef Miami FL


                  Heart Reef Maimi Florida and ARC Reef

In 2012, The Atlanic Reef Conservation, ARC Reef, Started the biological testing phase, where they placed live rock on the ocean floor for 60 days measuring to insure they had the correct parameters for the right location to start Heart Reef in Miami Florida.

Today, Only 6 years  later, Heart Reef is an Massive 43,560 Square foot man-made structure that can be seen from commercial airlines as well as boaters passing by, and can only be classified as a living organism, containing well over several hundred species of coral, invertabrates, sponges, and other organisms. ARC Reef chose the shape of a heart as a symbol of their commited love and support for our oceans and coral reefs.


Please visit ARC Reef to read more about their work in Miami FL. 
 



Sunday, March 25, 2018

Candy Cane Coral

Candy Cane Coral (LPS)

The origin of the Candy Cane Coral is Figi.  Other common names my include Bullseye Coral, Big Pipe Coral, Candy Buttons Coral, or Trumpet Coral.

The Candy Cane Coral would make an excellent addition to any reef tank as it is easy to maintain.  It's Best to place this coral anywhere is your aquarium with moderate water flow and moderate lighting.  Be sure to give 2-3 inch distance between this coral and other corals in your reef aquarium as it does have sweeper tentacles and may sting other corals if they are too close.

The Candy Cane Coral gets its nutrition though Photosynthesis, and it will also filter feed upon brine shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, and zooplankton when open. Adding Calcium and trace elements to the water as a dietary supplement is also another option. If fed properly this coral will grow quite rapidly.

  • Scientific Name:     Caulastrea furcate
  • Care Level:        Easy              
  • Temperament:        Peaceful          
  • Diet:           Phytoplankton
  • Lighting:     Moderate    
  • Water Flow:          Moderate         
  • Placement:            Any        
  • Temperature:      72-78 degrees F
  • PH:               8.2-8.4      
  • SG:             1.022-1.025
  • DKH:          8-12         

Coralline Algea, What is it and how to make it grow


Coralline Algae, What is it and How to Make it Grow

Coralline Algae is a very important part of a reef aquarium.  In Nature, Coralline algae grows in a lot of different ways. But for a home aquarium we are more interested in crustose coralline algae, CCA for short.

In a reef aquarium crustose coralline algae can grow so well it will grow covering everything if proper maintaince is not kept up with.

Coralline Algae is usually grown in a reef tanks water parameter starting at:

Mag:  1350 or higher

Calcium:  420 or higher

Alk:  8 to 12 DKH

Temp:  78-84 degrees Fernhiet




Thursday, March 22, 2018

UFO LED Grow Light By Vander



UFO LED GROW LIGHT

We use this light in our sump to help our Chaeto grow, and it works, really works. We are seeing crazy growth, so much that we have to pull 3/4 of it out of the refugeium every other day! We highly recommend this grow light to any hobbyist looking to improve their chaeto growth!! 


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UFO LED Grow Light by Vander
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Products cantain a variety of matching programs, the user can choose different lighting ratio scheme according to different plants. Power 200W Lumens 4200 lm Lifespan 50,000 hrs Color Deep red, red, blue, orange, white, uv Wavelength Deep red 660nm, 6x5w leds

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Purple Helix: Coralline in a Bottle 2 Week Update


ARC Reef donated a few bottles of their new product for our tanks to do a honest review on youtube about their laboratory made Purple Helix, Coralline in a Bottle, which contains 6 different kinds of live spores of Coralline Algae. Today we did a 2 week update on their product.


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All of our perimeters are spot on, and we do regular water changes weekly, we are doing the review on our 40 gallon reef tank, and we have to say that we are pretty impressed with the results so far. We are seeing Coralline Algae growing on the overflow inside the display tank that sends the water down into the sump, and in the sump we are seeing a lot of Purple and pink Coralline Algae growing all on  the baffles in the refugium. Even on some of the pieces of unused coral that we moved down to the sump!! Its so exciting to see so much Purple and pink Coralline algae growing in just 2 weeks.

The instructions for use say to give the product at least 4-6 weeks to see results, and in just 2 weeks we are seeing wonderful results. We give ARC Reef props for creating such and amazing product. We highly recommend Purple Helix to anyone looking to jump start their Coralline Algae growth!!

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I'm going to post the instructions for use, exactly how they printed it on the paper you receive when you order their product.

CORALLINE ALGAE IN A BOTTLE VS OTHER "PURPLE ALGAE ACCELERATORS"

Purple Helix, Coralline Algae in a Bottle is the ONLY product developed in a laboratory that contains actual live algae spores.  Other similar products are simply a mixture of calcium and magnesium, both of which are already contained in all salt mixes and a rarely ever lacking in a newly setup aquarium.  If your aquarium isn't stocked up yet with corals and coralline algae then there is nothing drawing calcium and magnesium from the water yet.  If your levels are not low then using these "purple algae accelerators" provide absolutely nothing and we implore you not to fall for the marketing hype.  Coralline Algae is a calcareous algae so it does utilize both magnesium and calcium in its structure and would not be able to reproduce without them.  Once your aquarium is stocked with corals then you should start dosing with 2 part or kalkwasser.  We recommend the 2 part calcium and alkalinity kit from BRS.  It provides a more complete and controllable system than purple up or purple tech and is far less expensive over the long run.

When you receive a bottle of purple helix you will receive a letter that has instructions for use.

Purple Helix- Coralline Algae in a Bottle

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IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR BEST RESULTS
Purple Helix, Coralline Algae in a bottle is a LIVE product that is bottled on the day it was shipped. Please make sure to use entire contents within 14 days from the bottling date on the label, bottle can be stored at room temperature or refrigerated but DO NOT FREEZE. Freezing point of contents is 28.4 F.
TANK REQUIREMENTS FOR OPTIMAL GROWTH:
Temperature:   Between 78-81 degrees. It is important that the temperature remains as stable as possible.
Salinity:    1.026 (Must remain stable)
PH:    Keep a stable pH level between 8.1-8.3 (always test the same time of day each day)
Alkalinity:     Keep a stable KA level of 2.8 meq/L for alkalinity or carbonate hardness (the concentration of carbonate and bicarbonate) Your level can be +/- up to 0.14 meq/L. Having a correct KA level in your tank has a stabilizing effect on you pH.
Calcium:    above 420mg/L
Ammonia:    As close to 0 ppm as possible
Phosphates:    under 0.25 ppm
Nitrates:     under 5 ppm
Lighting:    Lighting is key. the intensity, or "PAR" level, of your lighting shouldn't be too high and the duration of your photo period should be somewhat close to the natural duration of the sun. your aquarium shouldn't receive full intensity or "noon" lighting for 8 hours because that is natural and it will bleach out corals and the coralline will not grow. Coralline Algae LOVE Actinic and blue spectrum lighting. In the beginning we advise to lengthen the time that our actinic lighting stays on by an additional 1-2 hours daily.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Turn off filter, protein skimmer, and UV sterilizer if equipped. Leave powerheads on.
2. Shake bottle, as algae spores will start to adhere to the inner walls of the bottle after several days.
3. Pour entire contents of bottle into marine aquarium.
4.  Refill bottle with aquarium water then repeat steps 2 & 3, (we recommend doing this twice)
5. Wait at least 60 minutes before turning all equipment back on

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE MY ROCKS TURN PURPLE??
Coralline Algae is a slow but steady grower. YOU WILL NOT SEE GROWTH OVERNIGHT! If all your tank parameters are in check then you will see what looks like small chickenpox on your rocks and on plastics like powerheads within 4-6 weeks CARALLINE SPORES WILL NOT GROW IN POOR WATER QUALITY.  If you have high ammonia, nitrites or have other parameters that are off then the algae spores will remain in a dormant state until the levels are corrected and then it will be 2-6 weeks after that when you will first see your chickenpox.  After this stage you will notice these small spots double in size each culture more color variations and more complex strains with accelerated growth rates.  Every bottle contains a minimum of 6 separate species of coralline. Each species has a different affinity to lighting conditions and that is how we can insure that no matter what intensity lighting your tank has, there will be a species included that is well suited for your tank. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO HAVE AN URCHIN TH THE SAME TANK. SEA URCHINS MAIN DIET CONSISTS OF CORALLINE ALGAE!!

 PRO TIPS FOR FAST GROWTH!!!
 Raise your temperature. Coralline Algae grows very slowly, but its growth rate is approximately 10x's more rapid in tropical waters then in the Arctic. If your tanks temperature is below 76 F. try increasing the temperature to 78-81 F. this will increase the reproductive growth rate by nearly 15%
Aquatic Life Loves Stability and so Does Coralline Algae. Try to keep your water parameters stable through regular monitoring and water testing. Smaller more frequent water changes a re preferred over larger less often water changes, this helps eliminate any shock to your system.
More Frequent Water Changes.   you should be doing  regular water changes at least twice monthly. Nearly every problem can be fixed with a water change.  High Nitrates? Water Change!! Cloudy Water?? Water Change!! Nuisance Algae?? Water Change!! Got Ick?? Water Change!!  Corals Shriveling up?? Water Change!!  Spending all your money on Corals? Ok, well that one a water change cant fix but for nearly everything else, a partial water change will fix, or at least give you more time to find the problem. Your aquarium is a closed system and can easily be put off balance!!
Have Patience.  If you're new to the hobby this tip will save your hard earned cash from being flushed down the drain. Only bad things happen overnight in this hobby. Add livestock slowly and never change anything quickly. Its best to think of your aquarium like a very old man, it doesn't adapt well to change (and at times can smell like and old sock).

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