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Old 12-06-2010, 11:56 PM   #31
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I try to run my skimmer on smell. Sometimes I run it a little wetter than others. I can end up with a dark tea colour or sometimes a deep green sludge. You'll end up knowing by the smell. It doesn't smell particularly pleasant.

I clean my collection cup every couple of weeks. Just run it under warm water (too cold and the sludge won't come off easily and too hot and it will smell more). Use your hand to wipe out the sludge and you're done. Once every month or two I check the airline to be sure that it's not covered with salt creep.
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well, if it's mouth is gaping open, that's certainly a bad sign. also, if it's bleached white, it's not healthy.
you aren't ready for an anemone yet though. putting one in the tank now will most likely kill it.
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Old 12-15-2010, 10:57 PM   #33
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hello, how many times should my tank get diatom bloom? it happen once and its happenin again, also when dose base rock turn into live rock? after diatom bloom? also i got alot of algae building up, whats that from? im thinking its cuz off my light? thanks
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1 diatom bloom. i would say your base rock is live rock after the initial cycle. algae is building up because of excess nutrients. lack of water changes, less than optimum source water, overfeeding, overstocking...
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Old 12-16-2010, 10:36 AM   #35
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I try to run my skimmer on smell. Sometimes I run it a little wetter than others. I can end up with a dark tea colour or sometimes a deep green sludge. You'll end up knowing by the smell. It doesn't smell particularly pleasant.

I clean my collection cup every couple of weeks. Just run it under warm water (too cold and the sludge won't come off easily and too hot and it will smell more). Use your hand to wipe out the sludge and you're done. Once every month or two I check the airline to be sure that it's not covered with salt creep.
I just recently got my old skimmer up and running my LFS helped me get it fixed and I too have the dark green stuff coming into the collection cup but I checked the smell and there was no smell in mine is that normall or should there be a smell to it?
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:37 PM   #36
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Adding and moving around my L.R is that bad?
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:42 PM   #37
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I don't think so. I end up doing that alot only because sometimes it seems to unstable and I don't like the way it looks so I keep moving my LR around.
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adding uncured live rock is bad, depending on how much you add, and how much die-off is on it.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #39
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That is true I keep forgetting about the uncured LR mine are already cured. So they say from the LFS. The ones that i am moving around have already been in the DT since setup over a year ago.
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