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Old 02-28-2010, 02:20 AM   #371
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Lol. I plan to once my equipment comes in.
It's been 30 whole minutes. What's the hold up? Lol jk. Can't wait.
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:39 AM   #372
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lol I concur.
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Also, what do you think the cause of the hair algae could be? Do you use ro/di water? Do you cut back on the feeding a little or shorten the time the lights are on? Just wondering..
I'm glad you are starting another tank!

I'm not exactly sure what is causing the hair algae. I believe it started on some corals that I got either from my lfs or from another hobbyist. I have to be careful what I buy from my lfs as they have alot of algaes in their tanks.

I use ro/di water and I have cut back on feeding. I was feeding frozen foods every 3-4 days and making sure I rinse in ro/di before feeding. I cut back on the lights a while ago and just recently cut back even more. My lights were on for a total of 8 hours with the actinics and 1 10K on first and last and all 6 bulbs on for only 5 hours. Now the lights are on for a total of 6 hours with all the bulbs on for only 3 or 4 hours (I forget how I set it).

My laziness with water changes hasn't helped the hair algae, but I have tried to do water changes every 7 days...it just doesn't always happen.

I have a phosphate reactor but when I was going to install it before I couldn't get it working to where it didn't have the gfo coming out of the output...I don't want that in my tank. So, I'm going to try again this week to get it installed...hopefully that will take care of any phosphates I have.

If I can't get a handle on this algae, I might just buy a 20g and a new light fixture and move everything over. I can't imagine a smaller tank will be any easier to care for though, but atleast it will start out clean.
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:33 PM   #374
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I love SW, so there's no way i could let all this go to waste, ya know? :p

Well, it's a little disappointing that things aren't exactly going your way, but i think that if you just stick with it, and start a new tank, or do whatever it is you think you should do, then you will come out with the results you intentionally wanted. We just have to keep at it when things are looking down. I learned that the hard way. ;D

Let us know what happens!
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Update: After the last water change (7 gallons) and the serious scrubbing that occured with that, the hair algae has not come back quite as fast. I have been feeding the fish pellets, but they gulp them up fast so no worries about them polluting the tank....and I am feeding every 3 days. I will do a 10 gallon water change tomorrow.

I decided I will try to scrub the rocks in a separate bucket....so I have to buy a couple rubbermaid tubs. I only have 2 extra heaters and powerheads, so I have to clean the rocks at a different time from when I have a water change due.

I have pics....of the new stuff and some of the old stuff!

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The frags on the right....top: Fruit Loops, middle: Rainbows, bottom: Magician

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Lunar eclipse palys


Eagle Eye Zoas with a little caulerpa algae on them


Open brain (excuse the algae behind it)
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Beautiful oooo ahhhh lol
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I'm not done yet!


Evil mel zoas up top


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That's even beautiful...er! lol
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Wow, beautiful tank Kristin! Awesome work
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That is a very nice looking tank.
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