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Old 04-27-2009, 03:17 PM   #11
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frozen rotifers in cubes.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:21 PM   #12
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When feeding frozen foods it is best to thaw them out and then rinse them very well in RO/DI water. The amount of phosphates and nitrates contained in those cubes will astonish you. Do some PWCs and start rinsing your food off before putting it in the tank.

Rotifers are grown in "green water" or phytoplankton and that is loaded with phosphates. I expect that there is phyto in the cubes along with the rots.
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Old 04-27-2009, 03:36 PM   #13
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I thaw the rotifers with some of the tanks water pulled out with a baster into a special cup that is used solely for that purpose. Once they dissolve is when I feed them to the fish.
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Thawing them in tank water is fine. You really should rinse the food off before adding it to the tank. I do this every time I feed frozen food to my fish. I thaw in tank water like you do but then I put the food in a strainer and rinse it for a few minutes in RO/DI water before it is added to the the tank.

I'm about 99% sure that is where your food source for the algae is coming from...
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As far as a phosban reactor, I'd go with the reactor sold by www.bulkreefsupply.com , it's the easiest to replace media with. That is what I use. I switched from the two little fishes brand.
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You will also keep your skimmer for sure. Pheric oxide is where its at! Also manual removal. How long do you have your lights on?
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My blue actinic lights are on from 10am to 10pm. Halides are on 11am to 9pm.
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Way too long max 6hours on the white lihgts. Ease into it too. Start with 2 or 3 hours on. Your blues should be fine.
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Ok. So it will be okay to start now with just 2 to 3 hours on and then after a week increase by 1 hour until at 6 hours?
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Go the opposite way and slowly decrease your lights.
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