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Old 02-20-2011, 12:32 AM   #11
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You need to get a good testing kit, the strips are frequently off. As are the API test kits, as I have learned (They don't print manufacture dates, so most the time your getting old chemicals). My API kit is never right. When I first started I used the strips, and I lost some fish. Upon going to my LFS, I discovered I had high nitrites. Take some water to your LFS, they almost always check water for free.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:33 AM   #12
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How often are you feeding your fish?
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Strips are highly inaccurate giving you false readings everytime, I would recommend getting a liquid test kit to test with (more accurate.)
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:35 AM   #14
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If you have that much algae there is almost certainly nitrates present.
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The thing is I have been going to the lfs every week to see what they have in stock and they test my water and they just tested it last Tuesday and they told me I have very low nitrates? I feed them every 3 days.
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That is puzzling, is the algae growing anywhere in particular? Rocks, sand, glass or is it just everywhere?
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I know.. no one can tell me wuts going on.. the rocks and parts of the glass that the rocks touch its basically on the rocks and like every 2 or 3 days u can see it start to form on the sand is take a pic but the lights are off and the moon lights are dim... I shift the sand around when nesecery
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Yeah, shifting the sand isn't eliminating it though. Your just burying it in the substrate. You have me puzzled, I had a brown algae problem awhile back. Nitrates were rising, I cut the lights back to 5 hours a day, cut feeding to twice a week and did a 20% water change immediately. Nitrates were back at 0 in a week, never went up again.
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How much water are you changing weekly?
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