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Old 09-18-2011, 06:05 PM   #11
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Yes I have a 12 hour photoperiod is that to much.. I have been told that 12 on 12 off is the way to go..
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Yes I have a 12 hour photoperiod is that to much.. I have been told that 12 on 12 off is the way to go..
I only have my MH's on for 8 hours,I have my actinic's on starting two hours before and two hours after for a total of twelve hours for the actinic's.You may want to try cutting your MH's back to eight and see if you notice a difference in the algae growth.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:28 PM   #13
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There is a differance, did u get live sand or just sand. If you got live sand it is a HUGE benifit because it can hold many little crustants, if you overfeed they will eat it instead of just becoming nitrates. Just do pwc with RO/DI WATER. i had that problem but is is super easy to solve.
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My light unit is only halide ... I.been saving for new ones I got 3 150 watt halides thats all... I guess I just.keep doin two pwc a week an see what happens
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:40 PM   #15
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i guess u should try 8 hrs of light? it wouldnt hert
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:41 PM   #16
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if worse comes to worse just use red slime remover its a little yellow powder
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:44 AM   #17
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Hmmm...I thought live sand was part of the whole natural filtration method. And it makes the environment more like "home" for the inhabitants. The only bare-bottom tank is my QT
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Hmmm...I thought live sand was part of the whole natural filtration method. And it makes the environment more like "home" for the inhabitants. The only bare-bottom tank is my QT
bagged live sand may not be so ďliveĒ after sitting on a shelf for who knows how long. dry sand becomes live fairly quickly in a tank with live rock anyway and is cheaper.
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Correct...but once it's seeded by the live rock and becomes live sand, it serves as part of the natural filtration method - so it beats a bare-bottom in theory.
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Yeah but bare bottom tanks allow for a lot more flow without having sand dunes and all the detritus can be suspended in the water column until it is removed or consumed, but that's the only benefit.
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