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Old 07-12-2014, 04:43 PM   #31
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The alk must be raised, but as far as the article, I had a weird fungus-type stuff growing and I couldn't figure out what it was. It would overpower any algae I had, in the refugium, frag tank, and display. I finally checked out the alk and found it to be 5.5. After raising the alk the weird fungus disappeared and then the algae took off. Even in the refugium, where the fungus was not, the algae didn't grow. Not until I raised the alk. I keep it close to 8 now. I'm using the BRS bulk alk additive and have needed 25ml a day in order to keep it steady.
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:23 PM   #32
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And your the guy who rarely doses. What was dragging the alk down?


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Old 07-12-2014, 05:42 PM   #33
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Some salt mix are the culprit of low alk and mag. It is a good practice whenever changing salt mix to get the parameter of both tank and new before your pwc so you know where you are at. Adjust or check the following day and dose if necessary.
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Old 07-12-2014, 05:50 PM   #34
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So the next question is how much clean up crew up crew do people have? I've seen (on wholesalers websites, probably high) as much as 1 blue leg hermit per gallon, and 1 scarlet per 5 gallons. Well, I don't have anywhere near that many in my 110G. I have 1 scarlet, and 3-4 yellow or orange hermits (that look very similar to scarlets except the color), and less than a dozen blue legs. No red legs thank gawd, they're just snail eating monsters. at least 4 Turbo snails too.
When I had such similar problem on my 60 gal, I added 10 hermit crabs and 10 turbo snails and they all worked like a lawn mower. In just couple of days they clean up the unwanted algae. However, that is only to remove what is growing. You still need to correct what is causing their uncontrollable growth. Once algae is gone you need to feed those CUCs otherwise they start disappearing one by one.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:33 PM   #35
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Well, I have noticed the gha does not seem to be spreading anymore. That's a good sign. But what is there certainly seems content to stay. So now I need to get rid of whats there. Is like to turn the whites back on one day. Oh, and I'd like to feed the fish one day too.


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I'm thinking salt mixes are falling short these days. After a water change my alk was only coming up to 7. That would have been fine with me if it stayed there, but I have a decent amount of sps in the tank now, so it is being used up pretty quickly. For years and years I was keeping various systems full of sps with just large water changes without incident, but I'm not as comfortable doing this lately.
Especially since my favorite salt is Oceanic, which is notoriously low on alk.
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A good 10 step battle plan for nuisance algae

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I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this because I just got to this thread but maybe try an algae scrubber. Pretty easy to build and they're great filtration.


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They can take up some room but I have run one for over 20 years with great reliability. Growing algae and skimming are two of the most natural ways there are for cleaning saltwater.


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Do you run a skimmer with the scrubber or just the scrubber?


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