Update: Due to algae growth we have alternated fuel and vibrance in conjunction with Coral Snow. 3ml CS+3ml Fuel every other day, with 3ml CS+2 drops Vibrance in between. When adding the fuel, we get a green dusting on the glass in less than an hour…but it is coloring up the corals nicely. We’ve also […]
Update: Due to algae growth we have alternated fuel and vibrance in conjunction with Coral Snow. 3ml CS+3ml Fuel every other day, with 3ml CS+2 drops Vibrance in between. When adding the fuel, we get a green dusting on the glass in less than an hour…but it is coloring up the corals nicely. We’ve also noticed a dramatic increase in growth.
As a gauge of growth, this fragment was made 1 week ago and is already encrusting well. We will be documenting it’s progression. Light-wise it is at the very bottom and just shy of 4ft from a 150 MH halide (24in of water, with 21in height above the tank).
We had a small problem and Seachem went above and beyond what we had expected to make it right. They had asked if we’d be interested in the new Aqua Vitro line in exchange, I said sure. A few day’s later we had this…
We received Fuel, Vibrance, Ions, and eight.four. As I mentioned in our previous post Seachem did a great job on the packaging, in person it’s even better. (If you go to the previous write up, you can find a pdf link that goes into detail on the whole Aqua Vitro line)
There have been a few people on the net complaining that Aqua Vitro is the same old Sechem line in fancy packaging. Fuel in particular has been compared with Reef Plus. I spoke with Seachem to get the scoop on this.
The main difference is the swap of Spirulina for Chlorella. Chlorella contains much more nutrition per gram than Spirulina. This change is quite noticeable in the smell and color of the product. They also added new carbohydrates and fatty acids that can be directly taken in by corals.
When adding Fuel we noticed an immediate increase in polyp extension on our SPS. We hope to see an increase in coloration and growth, but that will take sometime.
We threw away our ESV potassium iodide in favor of the more concentrated Vibrance. Potassium Iodide has really helped the darker blue’s and purples on our A. nana and A. tortuosa.
Since we have just begun using these, there are no drastic changes to note… yet. Today we did our first combination dose of Fuel and Zeovit’s Coral Snow and the feeding response was increased when compared to Fuel alone. Coral Snow also has the benefit of polishing the water quite well too.
Our current dosing regimen will be:
3ml Fuel + 3ml Coral Snow
2 drop Vibrance
Ions will be added as needed per Elos Magnesium test results. We do not have an Ph suppression issues, but in the case we do eight.four will be added per guidelines.
Currently we are experiencing mini bacteria blooms when ever a carbon source is added, so we will be holding off to let things settle in terms of C.