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Old 12-07-2012, 11:31 AM   #11
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I only feed frozen and feed twice a week.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:40 PM   #12
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I also have around 1800 gph flowing on the tank.
Besides possibly overfeeding this flow is your second issue. 30x-50x times turnover is recommended for reef tanks 1800gph mean that in a 125g you only have 14.4x turnover. This low flow results in a large number of dead spots or areas of low flow and causes detritus and organic matter to settle and rot. Flow will prevent things from settling so it can be filtered or removed through skimming. Flow is everything in a reef tank and ultimately a major factor in your algae problem.

For comparison i have approx 1800gph total on my 29g standard, yes i said 29g. To have the recommended 30-50x turnover in your 125g you need 3,750-6,250gph flow. Also in most situations this is not including return flows etc.

Hope that helps.
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That may help out a good bit now I just need to find out how to produce more flow without blowing my sand everywhere it is extremly fine.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #14
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That may help out a good bit now I just need to find out how to produce more flow without blowing my sand everywhere it is extremly fine.
Shouldnt be that much of a problem. Depends on what powerheads you use and how you position them. Some you may have to lower in the tank and point them just over the sand bed maybe slightly upward. It can take alot of tinkering eapecially with fine sand but you should still have no problem atleast doubling your flow. Some fines from the sand is to be expected, this is normal and will get filtered out.
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+1 flow rate is definitely a problem
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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Doesn't need to be directed at the sand like all you want is for the flow rate to be increased and it will slowly disappear doesn't mean trying to blow it right away
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Understood I did some rescaping last night and some adjusting of what I have to help move more flow around near the sand without the storm until I can pick up some better equipment.
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Hope everything works out keep us posted
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:05 PM   #19
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I'm reading with interest. I've been having the same problem for almost a year. I'm only feeding 3 times a week. I also have a very fine sieve that I use to rinse my frozen food.
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Little info on your tank? Parameters, tank size, livestock, filtration, flow rate if possible?
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