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Old 01-24-2007, 11:59 PM   #11
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Okay, well today was a crazy day for me and my boyfriend so we didn't get a chance to do the PWC. He said he only turned the lights on for about 2 hours. I didn't even get a chance to see the tank today, but according to my boyfriend all the bubbles are gone, but he didn't comment on the hair algae or the spot of cyno. Like I said, it was a crazy day.

As for the HOB filter, we do clean it when we do partial water changes - but that's not every week. We'll work on that. I suppose we could just do without, but for some reason it comforts me It isn't a biowheel - it just has the filter media with the GAC inside of it. Well, only on one side now because we replaced the other side with rock rubble.

Thanks to everyone for all the help & suggestions - we'll do the PWC, siphon & I'll let you know how things go in the next day or two.

Kind of a side note and just out of curiosity - does pH have any effect on algae or vise versa?
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It isn't a biowheel - it just has the filter media with the GAC inside of it.
Keep in mind, that GAC can possibly host nitrAtes. I haven't run it in my 55G in quite a few months.
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Kind of a side note and just out of curiosity - does pH have any effect on algae or vise versa?
To answer simply, not really, unless the swing is very drastic, IMO. The higher the pH, the more movement you have, which should keep the area of dead spots down, not allowing it to take root and spread.
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One thing about getting water from the LFS and dont get me wrong I got it from mine for 6 yrs but we dont know when they change their filters and membranes.
How timely...
I just bought a TDS meter recently, and found out that the RO/DI water I'm getting from my LFS is reading about 130ppm, about the same as our tap water after being run thru my Brita water pitcher.
Our raw tap water is around 300ppm.
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