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Old 09-08-2014, 05:12 PM   #121
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How much skimmate is your skimmer pulling out in conjunction with your ATS?
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:13 PM   #122
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A lot. All you have to do is smell it and you know you want it gone ASAP.


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Old 09-08-2014, 05:28 PM   #123
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Mine is pulling nothing and if I increase backpressure there is just fizz.
All my protiens are at 0 (nitrate, phosphate and other nitrogens) , so I expect no real skimmate. Not surprising since I rarely feed my fish. Don't ask me what the algae is consuming, because I have no idea. This is getting so frustrating.
How much algae do you get off you ATS and how often?
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About 5 wet pounds every 30 days for 500 gallons. I feed pretty heavily.


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Old 09-08-2014, 07:32 PM   #125
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See, that's the issue. I'm not hardly feeding at all. I've lost a couple fish over the last few months I think because if not feeding enough. This dang algae is feeding off of something else, I just wish I knew what.
All the sand is sucked out. I'm ordering new stuff tomorrow. Fiji pink I think. I just wish I could get the non live sand, but alas it's not available here. I hate paying for bacteria when they are already in the system. Oh well, at least the wholesaler is not outrageous on his prices. $20 for a 20# bag.



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Old 09-08-2014, 07:32 PM   #126
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What about the rock?
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Old 09-09-2014, 05:26 AM   #127
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The nutrients have to be in the rock, sense the algae is growing on the rock then, the only logical explanation is that the nutrients are in the rock and the algaes are consuming them before they reach the water column
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How do you test the rock to see what phosphates are leaching.


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Old 09-09-2014, 03:50 PM   #129
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Algae is growing on rocks, sides and powerheads. Basically everywhere. I let it grow on the powerheads because I could easily pull them and remove it.
Anyhow with the latest sand vacuuming in scraped off all the algae I could. The rocks got a good cleaning too, but I couldn't get all the algae.


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Old 09-11-2014, 09:22 PM   #130
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Have you looked into vinegar /vodka dosing ? The algae scrubber will start to work in a couple weeks too.

There is a vinegar dosing chart online somewhere, just look it up. You will need to leave your skimmer in though if you decide to go that route.
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