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Old 11-13-2004, 09:34 PM   #11
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If you are having trouble with algea is ussually means an excess of nutrients in the water. Reacess lighting and feeding scheduales and check for PO4. Like mentioned earlier, the canister is a good place to stick a PO4 sponge, providing you attempt to get to the root of he porblem. Carbon is great for tank clarity as long as it is changed on a regualr basis. I run carbon once a month for a week or so, and after all water changes.
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Old 11-13-2004, 10:28 PM   #13
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One other question :

If I decide to run Carbon, can I just replace it once per month or is a month long enough for it to start leeching chemicals back into the water ?

I'm thinking Carbon + Phos-X for a while until the algae crashes, then just Carbon thereafter with regular detritus cleaning from the canister. I'll probably slowly remove the bio-media since I really don't need it any more.
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changing carbon once a month should be fine with the amount of bio-load you have in there.

If you wanna remove your carbon and just use the berlin method of filtration. (live rock, live sand.) Do it slowly and check your parameters constantly.

otherwise, I say if it ain't broke, dont fix it!
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Cool. Thanks everyone. The new regime begins today
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