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Old 03-15-2011, 05:56 PM   #11
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6 monthes, so can I assume that your light bulbs are 6 monthes old? If so then they're fine. I would up the water changes to 20% and do them twice a week and when you do the water change try to suck out as much HA as you can, and if you can remove the rocks with the HA on them and scrub them in a bucket of old tank water, with a new toothbrush. You didnt say how long your lights are on for but I would cut them down to about 4-5 hours a day, and cut them completely for two-three days at a time, back on for 2-3 days. Unless you dont have coral then you could cut them completely until the HA is gone and do several water changes to get rid of the nitrates/phosphates locked in the HA. The shorter you can get the HA the more likely your cuc will eat it, so when your doing your water changes kill the power heads and suck as much of it out as you can. I would add more hermits and snails.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:03 PM   #12
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Consider the fact that your nitrates are low because your existing algae is consuming what nitrates you have. In other words, your 1ppm is not 1ppm.. it's 1ppm after the algae has consumed all it can and there is 1 ppm left..burp.. Sooo you're even feeding your algae too much
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:09 PM   #13
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I was told by some one I trust never to cut lights down by 8 hrs coz if harms my corals
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:15 PM   #14
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I was told by some one I trust never to cut lights down by 8 hrs coz if harms my corals
Well you dont have to, but it will slow down the HA. Ive been battling HA myself and have cut my lights down to 4 hours a day and kill the lights for at least the two days before a big water change. It seems to weaken their hold on the rock. I have several corals that are still thriving even after cutting the lights down. You have to remember that its not always sunny in the natural coral reefs. A storm can block out most of the light on a coral reef for days at a time.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:21 PM   #15
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Suppose so just wish it would go away really like my sw tank but this ha really killing it for me
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:12 PM   #16
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It will be a long battle.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:43 PM   #17
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It is a very long battle! I have been fighting hair algae in my nano for quite awhile. I just scrubbed the main rock the algae is growing on with my last water change and it looks much better now. The water looked almost black when i was done with it. Good luck! Oh and my lights are on 7 hours a day and it has not effected the corals as far as i can tell.
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Just wish I could see me winning see some change be nice
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:24 AM   #19
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I suggest adding some cheato to the system
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Got no room for cheato at all my first tank ain't designed the best lesson learned lol
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