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Old 03-01-2010, 08:46 PM   #11
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I stopped using hermits cause they kill snails for shells. I bought Dwarf Ceriths, Florida Ceriths, and large nerite snails. Yes Reefcleaners is awsome to deal with!!!!!!!!!!! As far as the price of shipping it should be regular shipping charge as long as it can get there in a 3-4 days. I think my shipping was about $8
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:48 PM   #12
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Have you made sure your RODI unit is producing 0 TDS?
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I have, Neilan. I have a TDS meter that is inline (well in the input and output) with my ro/di. I check it almost every time I have the ro/di going. It is always 0.

See why I'm kind of baffled and can't get to the bottom of this problem?

bavass: Shipping at Reefcleaners is $8 or something....the $40 shipping is at bluezooaquatics.
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:58 PM   #14
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Save your money on the EZ Cleaner and get some white vinegar. I had an impeller form a MJ1200 that would not move. I soaked it overnight and my MJ1200 acts like a new power head again. I keep a couple of gallons around for cleaning all the ph's and anything with buildup. An overnight soak and a little rubbing with a bottle brush and everything looks like new.

When I had a bad case of HA a few years ago I got some Mexican turbo snails and a lawnmower blenny. Every day I could see the strips mowed down by the turbo snails. When they got too big and clumsily I moved them to my sump, though there is still one in the DT. The blenny vanished soon after the HA was under control. He didn't starve though, he surfed!

Cut the lights to a total of 3-4 ours total for the day and keep it that way for a week. Then slowly add back an hour or two per week. T5 bulbs are good for about 18 months so that is not the problem if they were new.

And you may be right about the HA grabbing the nitrate and phosphate before the test shows it. So STOP the coral frenzy and DT for a few weeks and see if everything else helps. Corals should be fine for a short period of lower light and really don't need supplements, If you use them use one, once a week and about half of recommended dose
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We already have some vinegar here, so I'm good.

I really don't want to get Turbo snails because of how big they get (and the clumsiness)...if I had a sump, I'd totally get some though. I read a post by you (cmor) in the snail thread recently and you said that Trochus snails eat hair algae. Do they get as big as Turbos? That could be an option for me. I found several types of snails I want at Bluezooaquatics, but I wonder if they'd ship snails slower....I can't pay $40 to ship snails.

I'm going to adjust the lights today to 4 hours. I haven't fed the Coral frenzy or the DTs in atleast a week, so I'll keep holding off on that.
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Try making a batch of Sw and then do your water test on that batch to make sure you are not adding the nitrates and phosphates to the tank.
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I had a huge algae prob.... Bought a lawnmower blenny and a few eztra hermits....prob solved. Now my blenny is having to be supplemented.. Nothing else for him, to eat.
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I have found that when removing HA from your DT that you have to be careful that none slips out of your hand or syphon tube or it will only spread more.
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