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Old 02-24-2007, 08:09 PM   #31
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Glad to hear the cyano is gone, Scoot! I'm a little dismayed about the hair algae though. After reading this thread a while back I bought RC hoping to get rid of my hair algae, but apparently I can't count on it.
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:17 PM   #32
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I bought RC hoping to get rid of my hair algae, but apparently I can't count on it.
Keeping NO3 and PO4 levels as low as possible is the only long term solution. That goes for any tank/salt combination.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:28 PM   #33
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Keeping low NO3/PO4 was the primary "fix" for cyano. NO3 isn't "great", but PO4 is pretty much zero.

I'm due for some new bulbs too - which I think can be a cause of nuisance algae.

One other thing, my UV bulb needs replaced. When I added UV, all of my green algae issues dissappear in a week.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:35 PM   #34
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I have to side with Mike on this as well. Keeping NO3/PO4 in check will keep the algae problems in check.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:44 PM   #35
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I'm due for some new bulbs too - which I think can be a cause of nuisance algae.
Your right. As they get older they start to shift spectrums, which can cause algae outbreaks.
Glad to hear your having improvements w/ RC's.
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oceanic here. i just switched from io. i was battling hair algea and a buit of cyano, after the switch, i havent seen either...... i use filtered water with a tds of 0, feed everyother day, do my water changes weekly, ime, it was the salt mix.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:41 PM   #37
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i use tropic marin salt .

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1.025 sg
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1100 mag
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i have to buffer my mag then use turbo cal to get my ca up to 420 ish also using tap water
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I use Tropic Marin...have to buffer my mag then use turbo cal to get my ca up to 420 ish
Sounds like a lot of work for a salt that is more expensive than most. You could do the same w/ IO and save money. I'm not saying ones better, just less expensive.
I have a new magnesium test kit coming. I could post results for Ca, Alk, ph and magnesium of Reef Crystal's if anyones interested...
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isnt tropic marin one of the best salts because it contains 75 out of the 78 trace elements that other salts dont have to sustain a reef? that is found in oceans?
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Best is a matter of opinion. Is TM the best, IMO no. I don't know that there is a "best" salt mix. There are at least a few salt mixes that will give good results long term.
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All salt mixes contain trace elements and minerals. And they all have to market their product
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