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Old 01-01-2014, 11:29 PM   #31
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Ok here are a few pics of my setup and I have about 60 lbs of love rock
I will now call live rock- Love Rock! lol

Why not try this. It's done with a DSB but in a 5gal bucket or if you can put a 10g bucket...it's on. Very slow moving water is all that is needed. Long read but good.

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:33 PM   #32
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When it goes sexual it dumps excess nutrients back into the water raising nitrates and phosphate.
just read the article..... I stand corrected lol.... but it that only happens when it starts dying/seeding in the tank

but the OP said nitrates/phosphates are at 0 so it wouldnt be the problem though
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:41 PM   #33
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The OP stated he has 0 phosphates but 40 nitrates. The cyano could be eating up the phosphates. But honestly I'm new to the saltwater world. Just trying to learn!
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Your not gonna like the tang police that come in after me, but my hippo can clear and 8 foot tank in literally 3 seconds, let alone with a sailfin and what looks to be two other tangs.
I said that to say this... Your bioload is off the charts. You have four tangs in an 80 gallon tank, two of which call for a 180 or more. This is probably your primary problem. Your phosphate are going to be high as well as your trates which will cause any and all algae to take off. Any dead spots and wham, cyno. To eliminate it, your going to need to decrease your bioload, feed less, and do a higher percentage of water changes. Good luck, hope you can part with some or one of those beauties.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:48 AM   #35
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*even if your testing close to zero on your phosphates, that bioload is gonna produce some at least. A bigger skimmer is also going to help but I would start with your bioload issue and water changes more frequent and a higher percentage.
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Your not gonna like the tang police that come in after me, but my hippo can clear and 8 foot tank in literally 3 seconds, let alone with a sailfin and what looks to be two other tangs.
I said that to say this... Your bioload is off the charts. You have four tangs in an 80 gallon tank, two of which call for a 180 or more. This is probably your primary problem. Your phosphate are going to be high as well as your trates which will cause any and all algae to take off. Any dead spots and wham, cyno. To eliminate it, your going to need to decrease your bioload, feed less, and do a higher percentage of water changes. Good luck, hope you can part with some or one of those beauties.
I agree. 12 fish is too many for an 80 gallon tank.
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Old 01-02-2014, 01:54 PM   #37
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Yeah to be honest I was thinking that as well but when I asked my lfs they told me I should be fine
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:20 PM   #38
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Yeah to be honest I was thinking that as well but when I asked my lfs they told me I should be fine

I listen to what a lfs will say, but always do your own research. Let's be honest, not only are they in the business of making money, but they don't know your tank like you do.
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Holy pop.....I think you found your answer...
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With that bio-load, i'd change 15-20 gallons of water a week
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