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Old 02-04-2014, 08:07 PM   #1
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Makes no sense...Help!

So i just tested my levels thinking my phosphate or nitrate were out of sack, right now I'm getting spurts of algae on my sandbed (green cyano) and has been there for a while. Just got done with tests and phosphate and nitrate are both unreadable, I'm going to do a 10 gallon WC tomorrow and 10 this weekend just to be sure but it makes no sense. My Calcium is 350 and Alk is 8 so calcium is a little low but i dont get it. Any other ideas? I haven't done a WC in a couple of months as my tank has been flourishing and most of everthing was perfect, i also dose and run biopellets and GFO.Click image for larger version

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Old 02-04-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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Definitely need to do that water change.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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If the algae is bad enough it can use up all the nitrate and phosphate giving you false zeros. I would proceed with the assumption that they are both probably high and proceed accordingly
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Test your pwc water to make sure you are not adding it into your tank. Also feed every other day.
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Do a water change immediately. I would say maybe a 30 percent water change. Don't follow the assumption that if things look good then you don't need to do anything. Start doing weekly water changes and you should see some improvement. I would say 15 percent or even more weekly for a while.
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You must do a water Chang like twice a month cuase all the fish crap and stuff builds up so it will help if u do a water change
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