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Hey it's been a while, but I would love some help! I have decided to do my senior project on building a reef tank in my vacant 10g. My topic has to be either debatable or analytical. I'm having a hard time coming up with a exact topic. It's hard to explain, but I hope y'all can help me out!
 

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Oh yes I am aware of RM's immense knowledge. He helped me buy my light for this reef tank. I then gave up on the reef tank, but now I realize I still want a reef tank and it will work with my senior project. So two birds with one stone. I realize the cost and I have plenty of money for making a reef tank.
 

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Try debating the necessity of waterchanges in marine tanks as opposed to carbon(vodka) dosing to control nitrates?
Get trates up and then reduce them with vodka.
Analytically track how traces like calcium,deplete or the rise of nitrates(possibly under different conditions)?
There are so many new techniques and still even old ones that are being improved.
What about some test with the light RM suggested?
You have to have some ideas?
 

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Most of the things that would really make an interesting study wouldn't look all that pretty, may take significant time to establish, or would be best done with multiple near identical tanks. There are a couple things I can think of which would be useful both to the hobby as a whole and not require much skill going in, but may not look pretty. This probably isn't original research, but the right text around it could do some good:

Nitrate consumption of macro algae. Pick one, preferably something controllable like chaeto (pronounced Key-toe). Dosing controlled amounts of nitrates is easy, and with daily dosing you should be able to keep a steady level. See if X amount of chaeto (normalize consumption to algae mass) can consume more nitrates when it is more available, under different lighting situations (hours per day, intensity, or spectrum, pick one).

You could do the same with calcium consumption. This would be more fun with a coral, but would probably be easier with something like halimeda, although determining what algae mass is at work would be more interesting.

From a different route: How does flow (shape, intensity, or pattern) change the growth structure of something? This will probably be easiest with something that colonizes, so halimeda would work better than chaeto. It would be the most fun with an SPS or LPS, but would take a much longer time frame to control. You *might* be able to run three colonies of one species of a monti cap in a tank that size. Perhaps one right in front of a powerhead, one across the tank, and one in the center. Keeping lighting the same at all three, or having enough samples at each condition to draw meaningful results might be tricky. I'm picking monti caps because they have interesting flow dependent shapes, take shape pretty fast, and are pretty easy to grow. Other corals may work.
 
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