Spiny Star Astraea
- Aug 13, 2013
- Pineville, LA
I have been burning through DI resin super fast. I was replacing the color changing resin every 100 gallons. Contacted BRS and asked them what could be causing the issue. We went through a few steps of checking the plumbing and after looking into in coming water quality, it was instantly clear I didn't have the proper filters. I was running 5 micron sediment and carbon block. They instructed me to swap to the 1 micron filters, they arrived today, including more resin. It will take time to see if it helps.
My TDS never get above 3 even after the Resin is gold. Whatever is in that water will grow algae like no ones business.Good luck with that, but I do not think that was the correct solution, albeit I agree you should run 1 micron. This will protect your RO membrane, but will have no impact on your DI resin. Are you measuring TDS? If you have low TDS coming out of your RO membrane, say 5 or less and you are blowing through DI, then you have high CO2 in your water source. If this is not the case, then your source water is high in ammonia, metals or silicates and you may want to use separate DI resins instead of a mixed bed.
I have that splendid dottyback that herds the chromis like sheep. Never attacks, never bites, just chorales them around the tank. I always wondered if that is a cause for them to get along. ALSO, my chromis are not the same species. They are both "Blue/Green" but are DEFINATELY not the same fish.This was my experience years back... not fun .
I have that splendid dottyback that herds the chromis like sheep. Never attacks, never bites, just chorales them around the tank. I always wondered if that is a cause for them to get along. ALSO, my chromis are not the same species. They are both "Blue/Green" but are DEFINATELY not the same fish.
Oh man they are some savage pigs. Baby Brine shrimp will send them into a frenzyCould be. If the chromes see the dottyback as an aggressor, they will fall into shoal formation for protection. When you feed the tank though, you should bring out the inner pigs lol. Chromis don't seem to care about species specific and they will shoal interspecies. I dont think they will mate that way, but for protection, they just need numbers.
I agree completely. I love the fish mostly because of their type of feeding and what they feed on. Open water plankton feeders in the high currents/turbulent that they naturally inhabit. They would feed 24/7 in the wild because they would have to because they are using so much energy hunting. vicious cycle. lol I feed them minimum 3 times a day. Usually food only they and the corals will eat. Dottyback just looks at the specks cross-eyed.I personally think Reef Nutritions Real Ocean Eggs is the most underrated food available in this hobby. With chromis, check that one out. Also, IME, my chromis did not pick each other off when they were well fed and often fed. I have not been able to reproduce this because I have not been able to get a school out of QT and you can't feed a QT to the same level you can feed a reef tank.
Not enough people in the hobby understand this and end up underfeeding their open water swimming fish. I blame pellets for this.Open water plankton feeders in the high currents/turbulent that they naturally inhabit.
LOLDottyback just looks at the specks cross-eyed.
What do you feed the dottyback, anything special, or he just grabs the larger particles?
The best way I can explain it is he is a saltwater large mouth bass. Crustaceans seem to be his favorite. (including emerald crabs) Mysis shrimp appear to be just the right size for him to eat, anything larger and he will have to chew on it. Clams also seem to be a favorite. Anything smaller than 1mm and he won't even budge. I will say that if you feed them pellets, you notice how messy an eater they are. They aren't aggressive feeders. They tend to sit in their cave and watch for food to pass by and just gently suck the food in and go back. I wouldn't even say they dart out. Rather docile fish overall. Very intelligent fish with great eye sight. He will stare down crabs, fish, snails. You can see his brain ticking. He hates my dog.