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Old 03-12-2012, 06:33 PM   #741
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It's about a shoe box size box, but I squeezed the stuff in there pretty good.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:39 PM   #742
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Best way to tie up nitrates is to grow fish food. I am sure you will get everything settled and sorted soon.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:25 PM   #743
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how do you "grow" fish food? do you mean like pods?
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Yes pods are part of it, but growing algae that can be re-fed to the fish is a great way to tie up nitrogen, or throw the excess algae away as that removes the nutrients from the system permanently.
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oh gotcha. do all fish eat those algaes?

also, dary, how are the other corals doing? how about the bubble coral?
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Actually, very few fish eat Chaetomorpha. It's commonly used because it will not go sexual and expel the nutrients it absorbed. I only trim it when I am completely out of room. Caulerpa does have the ability to release a large amount of nutrients in the tank, and should be pruned regularly, but fish love it. Especially the Bubble Caulerpa.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:23 PM   #747
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oh gotcha. do all fish eat those algaes?

also, dary, how are the other corals doing? how about the bubble coral?
Everything else "seems" to be ok... Bubbles are hanging in there.... Its not a complete " three mile island " melt down but just not up to what i had before....hopefully ill get my priorities in order and Get things back to " normal" again..... Thanks for checking up on me
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lol of course. sounds like your exaggerating a wee bit.
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Actually, very few fish eat Chaetomorpha. It's commonly used because it will not go sexual and expel the nutrients it absorbed. I only trim it when I am completely out of room. Caulerpa does have the ability to release a large amount of nutrients in the tank, and should be pruned regularly, but fish love it. Especially the Bubble Caulerpa.
That has been what I see as well. But I grow a lot more green and red turf algae that the tangs love to eat. I land fill the Chaeto as you don't want to just flush it down the drain for environmental reasons. I guess Caulerpa is more famous as an invasive species though.
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turf algae from your scrubber? im looking in to making one now that im getting a sump. the chaeto is definitely helpful in my tank, i havent pruned it yet but couldnt i just bury it in the ground? that would probably kill it.. ill probably get caulerpa in the future but im not sure if my fish will eat it. i dont think blennies eat it.
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