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Old 01-15-2014, 10:42 PM   #41
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Bah...it's coming back. Probably the lights and the fact that the top layer of sand got stirred up when I siphoned the stuff off...

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Old 01-15-2014, 11:01 PM   #42
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Lights off just makes it dormant in my experience.
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:08 AM   #43
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So just let it run it's course, Doug? Keeping with my weekly 20% PWCs and 3x week feeding?
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Yes, or try the Chemiclean. If it is cyano, it will definitely be history after a dose of that.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #45
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I'm thinking it might be that microalgae you pointed out. I'll stop by the LFS this weekend anyway to pick up some supplies (need a Mg test, since I've never tested it)...
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:27 AM   #46
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A little update...The sand still has some of this stuff on it, but it doesn't appear, as of now, to be spreading. If anything, it looks like it's self limiting, and was probably caused by an accidental stir-up of the sand bed. My zoas, frogspawn, torch and duncans are all thriving, and my last water test (during Sunday's PWC) showed 0 across the board for all params that should be at (or close to) zero.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:10 PM   #47
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I ordered a Hanna phosphate checker today, and picked up some Salifert Nitrate tests to compare to my API tests, which show 0 for both parameters.

The algae is still there, not spreading too far or fast, but is irritating. I don't want to stir up the sand bed any more by attempting removal, though....should I?
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:48 PM   #48
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I should learn to keep my mouth shut. It is making advances, slowly. Still don't know why, since I don't overfeed, and I don't believe I'm overstocked (2 clowns, hi fin goby, pistol & cleaner shrimp, 2 featherdusters). Feeding is 3x a week, a single mysis shrimp to each fish. (Yes, I'm target feeding them)

Any thoughts? Is this just "the uglies" that have to work themselves out?

(EDIT: I was pondering a small blenny, but then I will be overstocked and won't be solving the problem...)
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Algae is a long drawn out battle. If things are improving, you are on the right course. Keep it up.
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Old 01-27-2014, 09:14 AM   #50
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I did a 40% change on Saturday and another 40% on Sunday.

One thing I noticed is that my siphon (1 inch inlet) can't pull the gunk off the sand bed. It tries, but with a few grains of sand mixed in, just can't do it. I hesitate to move to a larger siphon to really clean it off since I don't want to empty my tank...

I'm willing to bet that if I get it off the sand for good, it'll stay gone...any thoughts?
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