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Old 04-16-2013, 09:46 PM   #11
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He still has color, and is still holding in, so those are good signs.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:03 PM   #12
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what are the PO4 levels? I also think you need more light
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:20 AM   #13
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what are the PO4 levels? I also think you need more light
Phosphates are at undetectable levels(I'm running GFO) , nitrates are hanging out around 5 , ph is 8.0

I have a 4 bulb t5 fixture two white two actinic
54w each . 216w in total
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:58 AM   #14
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I think you need more light. My nem was thriving in my 55g with 6x54w bulbs 4 blue+, 1 coral +, 1 purple +. I would try cutting the GFO off and see how the nem does and see how the PO4 does. I just tore my tank down and started over trying to stay away from having to run GFO this time. I think between that and vinegar dosing i stripped my tank of nutrients. When i cut my GFO off towards the end my nem bubbled up more and became a deeper color. I am convinced that zero PO4 is not a good thing and should be kept around .03-.05 along with NO3 at 3-5ppm. If they are at zero it should be from nature not chemical
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:24 PM   #15
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I think you need more light. My nem was thriving in my 55g with 6x54w bulbs 4 blue+, 1 coral +, 1 purple +. I would try cutting the GFO off and see how the nem does and see how the PO4 does. I just tore my tank down and started over trying to stay away from having to run GFO this time. I think between that and vinegar dosing i stripped my tank of nutrients. When i cut my GFO off towards the end my nem bubbled up more and became a deeper color. I am convinced that zero PO4 is not a good thing and should be kept around .03-.05 along with NO3 at 3-5ppm. If they are at zero it should be from nature not chemical
I will give it a try , I turned off my gfo reactor today. I just feel like my bta is dieing. He is always deflated like this, however I don't see any thing deteriorating , should I not change my water for two weeks ? I change 10gallons every week.
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But wouldn't turning of the gfo effect the water quality ?
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:08 AM   #17
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Yep could replenish nutrients that the gfo stripped out. Have to watch PO4 levels. If they get over say .08ppm could try and run half the recommended amount
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Yep could replenish nutrients that the gfo stripped out. Have to watch PO4 levels. If they get over say .08ppm could try and run half the recommended amount
Now I read online that he could be sick/ starved. Because he was under my rock work for a week. Also if he is still moving is this a good sign? And when I say moving I mean he moved like an inch or so up on the rock he is on in the photos.
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it will move till it finds its happy spot.
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:09 AM   #20
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it will move till it finds its happy spot.
Based of the pictures you think it's still going to recover? Or can. Day one it looked like this
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