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Old 09-04-2008, 11:27 AM   #11
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Flakes are known to have high phosphates. Variety is best. Look into frozen. I like to soak my frozen in garlic guard, zoe and selcon.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:44 PM   #12
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okay... well I did the water change last night... and my MH didn't go on until 1pm today (going to run it till 7pm).... but the brown hair is growing back!! -- not bad yet, but I can tell. Should I just do daily water changes?
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What are you using for filtration?
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:14 PM   #14
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I have the Solana Aquarium system by Current USA

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volume: 34gallons
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:05 PM   #15
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Ok, I see a few things that can trap stuff and cause nitrAtes and phosphates. Carbon is good for about 1-2 weeks (depending on bioload, feeding and a few other things). I don't run carbon in my tanks anymore. I like to run purigen. The bioballs can also cause your outbreak if not cleaned in old SW. I like to replace that stuff with LR rubble. #3 also needs to be cleaned when you do your PWC, in the old SW. The same should be done with #6.
I think once you change out those and keep up with regular PWCs, you probably won't have any algae or cyano outbreaks (with the possible exception of whe you replace your bulbs, you'll possibly see a diatom out break, that will die off by itself).
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:31 PM   #16
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You are AWESOME !! I will do everything suggested tomorrow night.

Carbon is only about 2 weeks old, but I will take it out and do without.

I will also remove the BIO Balls and replace with LR - should I do this at one time or keep some BIO and slowly add LR?

The water change I did last night I did rinse #3 and #6 in the old SW... although, I must admit it was the first time ever I did it to #6.

So do you think it's ok for me to run my 150w MH for 12hrs once I do all this tomorrow night? -- My Corals aren't really liking the change to 6hrs!.... especially my Pink Carnation, which is just limp now.

I have never cleaned my BIO balls... I was told it was bad to rinse them.... so I will make sure I do that!
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You are on the right track. Don't change/remove it all at once, otherwise you risk removing too much of your established beneficial bacteria. I would add some LR rubble and let the bacteria inhabit that before removing the bioballs (should take about 2 weeks).
For the lighting, you may want to slowly add an hour a day to your lighting schedule.
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