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Old 04-09-2012, 05:38 PM   #11
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If you have an anemone I wouldn't cut back the lighting. can you go in the tank and pull off the alage, maybe get some of it out manually? Are you using ro/di water? Another good suggestion is to get your own test kit so you dont have to rely on a fish guy and you can know exactly whats what. the API saltwater master kit is about $20 on amazon.com and has ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and hi range ph. everything you need to start and maintain your tank.

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Old 04-09-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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If you have an anemone I wouldn't cut back the lighting. can you go in the tank and pull off the alage, maybe get some of it out manually? Are you using ro/di water? Another good suggestion is to get your own test kit so you dont have to rely on a fish guy and you can know exactly whats what. the API saltwater master kit is about $20 on amazon.com and has ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and hi range ph. everything you need to start and maintain your tank.

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I do clean the algae off manually doesn't seem to really help I'm afraid I'll damage my gorgonian if I continue to do it. I have my own testing kit I test it all before I bring my fish guy a water sample, like I said I just have him test it as I do to be on the safe side. I use regular tap conditioned, I don't have the money for Ro/di water. That might be adding to it, but I have been using the same water since I started my tank and I've never had anything like this.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:53 PM   #13
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The nutrients can and will build up. In my first tank the rock actually sucked up the phosphates and no matter what i did i couldnt lower them. Do you have those water machines at the supermarket? It's usually about 30 cents a gallon, thats what i did until I got my ro/di unit. You can don;t have to spend $200 on a ro/di machine either....here is one for $66 and it works just like the expensive ones and produces perfect water. The water alone will make a HUGE difference, I promise. lol I also was using treated tap in my first tank and it took weeks to get it all staright.

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The nutrients can and will build up. In my first tank the rock actually sucked up the phosphates and no matter what i did i couldnt lower them. Do you have those water machines at the supermarket? It's usually about 30 cents a gallon, thats what i did until I got my ro/di unit. You can don;t have to spend $200 on a ro/di machine either....here is one for $66 and it works just like the expensive ones and produces perfect water. The water alone will make a HUGE difference, I promise. lol I also was using treated tap in my first tank and it took weeks to get it all staright.

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I'm afraid I don't know what machine your referring to at the supermarket. This mashing here in your link looks affordable, how do I use something like that? Do they last long?
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:16 PM   #15
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I used the cheapo one for a year and I make ALOT of water lol. I had to change out the filters once it cost about $30. But like I said, I make like 100g a week usually.

This unit hooks up either to your gardenhose or to a kitchen sink. You tell them what adaptor you need and you get one included for that price. When not in use you can just pop it into the closet until next time. It's small too, not bulky and large like the usual ro/di units.

Some grocery stores or walmart have these ro machine out front or in the back in wlamsrt. You bring jugs and just fill them up for like 30 cents each.
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This is not a solution, but until you figure out what exactly the issue is...giant green star snails. I have one in my tank and it is an algae eating machine, as a snail that is 1.5 inches long should be.
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This is not a solution, but until you figure out what exactly the issue is...giant green star snails. I have one in my tank and it is an algae eating machine, as a snail that is 1.5 inches long should be.
Will it eat my Corals?
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Negative. Totally reef safe. Only concern would be knocking corals over due to size.
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Ya I googled them, I think they r too big, can I use any other snails?
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Prob, but it'll take a couple to match the eating power of a star snail.
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