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Old 06-02-2004, 10:26 PM   #1
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Dirty Tank

I went to the LFS last weekend and I am saddened that my tank looks like a septic tank compared to their system. I realize that they have huge systems and very expensive filters and people that work on it 40 hours a week but I think my tank should look better.

I don't know if it is a algae issue or lack of filter issue or what? Green algae grows on the sides of the tank and on the substrate.

It is a 29g. The tank is about 8-10 months old. I have 50 lbs of live rock which is very colorful and looks healthy. I have a Aqua C Remora skimmer that gets emptied every day. 2 power heads for flow. I do 5 gal water changes every other week (unfortunately not with RO water). I also scrape the sides from the green algae every weekend. PowerCompact lights are on 14 hours a day.

All the water measurements are 0 except nitrate at 40 (and i cant get it down for some reason).

Bio load includes 2 clown, 3 damsels, gobey and turbo snails, hermit crabs, and a shrimp.

So with all those stats, do I need another filter (carbon based)? Should I invest in RO water? What would help me most improve the look of the tank? Thanks.
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Old 06-02-2004, 10:38 PM   #2
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Definitely the RO water.. its the nutrients in your tap water that are feeding the algae.

You could also try reducing the photo period by a few hours.

EDIT: GAC will polish up the water and make that look nicer.
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definetly switch to RO water. I just go to the grocery and fill up jugs with theirs. Also cut the lighting back to 12 hrs a day.
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I just figured out my LFS has RO water for 23 cents a gal. Got a walmart 6 gal water jug for about 5 bucks. I figure it is cheaper than a unit (just gotta do some running back and forth)
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test your freshly mixed (24 hr old) water for nitrate. If you are not using ro water it may be at 30-40. If it is then it is time to change your water source.
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Old 06-03-2004, 02:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice.

I will go looking for some RO water this weekend. Hopefully that does the trick.
I did try measuring the city water for nitrate but it read to be 0.

I'm also going to try cutting back on the feeding too.
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