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Old 11-17-2008, 11:56 PM   #11
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What is TDS?

I don't have a pic, but the algea is just normal green hair on the rock and red (cyano I presume) on the substrate.
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TDS=total dissolved solids. You will want to use a TDS meter and test your RO/DI water.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:55 PM   #13
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Oh god another meter, does the money pit never fill!!!
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I would say it is a combination of things. The tank is some what new, it has 8 fish in it and you are feeding some flake food. All of those things combined will create excess nutrients. It happens. I would suggest doing regular and frequent PWCs around 25%. Reduce your photo period by a few hours and pull as much of the algae out by hand as you can.
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I am doing 125% water change total a week, I honestly don't think it is even possible for me to do more than that. I have my light cycle down to only 5 hours a day, how much more can I cut without hurting the corals?
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If you are changing that much water in a week then it has something to do with your source water.

Do you have any sponges or filter media on the system?
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Source water reads 0 for nitrates and phosphate. No sponges everything is biological (besides the skimmer), the only filter media I have is phosguard in a mesh bag over my overflow into the sump.

Good news though, when I got home today it looks like some of the algea turf is pealing off the rock, so maybe it has just been sitting their dead under the live upper layer and just was not decomposed enough to come of via siphoning. I shall moniter!
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