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Old 03-06-2012, 06:40 PM   #11
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So after some research I think I may have Dino ..... From what I read I'm supposed to increase the nitrates?! Huh?
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:05 PM   #12
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Doesn't most algae consume nitrates? That is why the reading is low, but you may be overfeeding or the canister hasn't been cleaned lately?
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:37 PM   #13
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Can I clean my canister without losing all the benificial bacteria? I know alot of it is in my live rock ....
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:39 PM   #14
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I've decided to keep my lights off for a couple days I also found filter media with carbon and a phosphate reducing pad at the LFS maybe I'll try that out?
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I would cut way back on feeding. Every 3 days or so for a while, until you've done enough water changes to correct your problem.
If you purchase a skimmer, look for one that's rated for 1.5 to 2 x your tank volume. Turning the lights off isn't going to do it.
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What kind of time thread and water change schedule would be recommended?
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:50 PM   #17
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Ok so I changed all filter media, going to start feeding every three days..., bought a protein skimmer up and running and added alk buffer liquid, gonna start doing 10% pwc every couple days, let's see if this works
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If you have phosphates I used Brightwell's bacteria to add some beneficial bacteria. It's supposed to help lower phosphates and nitrates. Try one solution at a time though. You may not even need the bacteria stuff. It's supposed to be for new tanks, I believe. With as much live stock in your tank the skimmer should help a lot. I hope you took mr. X's advice and got one rated a few times larger than your tank size.

Don't power heads help keep algae growth down? I get some green algae on my glass that I have to clean off every two days. I might need some more flow. I have an Ehiem 2000 returning water back to my main tank from the sump. It's approx 30g (65x45x45cm). Maybe I could benefit from power heads.
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Er.... Eheim compact+ 3000 is what I'm using.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:10 AM   #20
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Hydrogen Peroxite don't work for brown algae. Seem to me you have high sulphate. To fix that, you need to balance your fertilizer. So that sulfite is being absorbed.
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