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Old 08-22-2014, 09:59 PM   #21
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Ok the following is jmo, but it's what I would do if it were my tank
1. Cut down photoperiod (I know what you said earlier but it will help)
2. Reduce the power on your white channel a little more (blue too if it has any colors besides blues)
3. Reduce the amount I was feeding, and I like to feed NLS pellets once a week because it's very easy to only feed what the fish will eat by feeding a pellet or 2 to a fish at a time 3-4 times waiting in between for them to completely eat the pellet, I feed different frozen foods the other 2 times I feed a week.
4. Ditch any pads or sponges being used and replace with a media like purigen and phosgaurd (sponges and the like make me wary, I do use poly fill for filter floss but it gets tossed weekly) as they're more efficient
5. Rearrange the power heads so one is pointing at the worst of the problem areas.
6. Check the tds of your ro unit, may be time to replace the filters/membrane.
7. Assuming your ro unit is good you may want to do bi weekly wc's for a while.

And now a couple more questions, were you using 2 korillia 650s or was that total gph, and what test kit are you using for nitrate phosphate test?



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Old 08-22-2014, 10:06 PM   #22
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Sorry. Getting tired I guess.
I will reduce the photoperiod. I will lower the whites by 10%.
Is Chemi-Clean Blue not as good a product as those you mentioned? I didn't think Cyano would have the same remedies as those of algae. Hold on, gotta look at your other questions/suggestions. I have a short memory and just getting used to this forum on the IPad.


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Old 08-22-2014, 10:21 PM   #23
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Ok. Ro/di unit has it's own TDS meter. I double checked with my Hanna. All my testers are Hanna's except mag (Salifert), nitrate (Salifert) and ammonia which is Seachem. My tester for pH is Hanna as well. Can't wait for Hanna to come out with a mag and a nitrate kit. Can I use Chemi-Pure Blue be used with Phosgard, etc? Basically, I'm feeding the way you suggest. The fish were given about 1/2 tsp crushed flake Sirulina today before I cleaned the tank. They won't get fed again until Monday afternoon, rinsed frozen Mysis. Powerheads are two 650's. Each is pointed at it's opposite wall, slightly downward. I use the pumps on the wave maker to agitate the water at the top. Does this sound ok?


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Old 08-22-2014, 10:29 PM   #24
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The chemi pure products are great, never used the blue but used to use elite before switching to purigen (like that it can be regenerated). Yeah there's no problem using the CPB with both of the medias I suggested. And try lowering the power heads a little more, cyano doesn't like flow so that may help a little. Honestly I'm stumped, seems like your doing everything right, there's nothing obvious that this could be coming from. If it doesn't get better you may want to try one of the red slime removers, never recommend them as they really don't solve the original problem (usually over feeding/stocking) but I can't see what your original problem is
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:24 PM   #25
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Ok. I'll get the Purigen since it's what you use. And I'll lower the powerheads.
I'll be gone all day tomorrow, but if I get home before lights out, if it's as bad as it's been being, I'll send some pics. Between all your suggestions, we should be able to beat this! Btw, just before this, I had Gelidium, red turf algae. Beat that and it was far worse. I really thank you guys for helping me out. So far, this is the best, easiest to use, forum I've found.


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Umm why has no one mentioned the ammonia and nitrite levels? that is a priority over algae in my opinion. Are those numbers accurate?
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You running a skimmer on this tank?
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Pretty sure I just completely missed them haha. Oops but those numbers seem weird with the # of wc being done


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Nitrite levels were obtained from a Hanna. I have an ammonia kit by Seachem, but I am not absolutely sure of it's accuracy. On another forum (which is why I switched to this one) a gentleman stated that there is never any reason to test nitrite. Well, I did and it was 30 ppb. I assume that's not too hot. One concern I have is that I have/had three Nass snails, but ever since I put the new gravel in, I haven't seen any of them and they used to always come out at feeding time. Could this be a reason for the higher than normal ammonia/nitrites? That still wouldn't explain four months of cyano, but it's something else to be concerned with.
Yes, I use a skimmer. Not much of one but the only one that fits a JBJ cube sump. It wet skims only, but it does skim. And I keep wood stones clean.


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Oh, and other than the use of baking soda in my top off water, I still don't know any other way to naturally raise my alk. I don't dose. Any ideas?


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