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Old 01-16-2015, 04:44 PM   #31
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Need help!!!

If you aerate it it can be stored indefinatly in a dark container.

I suggest using the BRS color changing resins as it makes it easy to determine when its exhausted.


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Old 01-16-2015, 05:18 PM   #32
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I suggest using the BRS color changing resins as it makes it easy to determine when its exhausted.


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Well the water that my top off system uses, doesn't have a circulator pump in it and when we tested that water, it was about 700. O.O
I guess that is what is causing all of these issues. We have a spare one we can put in there. Guess we will do that and see what happens.
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O.o what my boyfriend said...700. No idea how it got so high...
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:12 PM   #35
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O.o what my boyfriend said...700. No idea how it got so high...

"Don't let your resin get past 1-2 TDS or you can be adding much more than you think to your reef." -AZDesertrat

Glad you got it figured out.
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Ugh this algae just wont go away. I have ID it as Dinoflagellates. It still still growing and taking over this tank I really don't know what else to do. Our TDS meter is only reading 2. We are going to try a 3 day blackout and adding Kalk to the top off system to hopefully push the PH to 8.4, which I read will kill this stuff off. This is really out last hope because we are both about to tear this tank down and just say screw it
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This is something that's getting passed around locally. I have a friend with the same issue in a pretty large sps dominated system. Some of his grazing fish even died from eating it. It's subsiding now, but it took a good few months to burn through whatever fuel it was running on. His nutrient levels were so low during this time some of his sps faded a bit.
It took hold when he stopped running his skimmer, thinking his water was too clean. Stick with it!
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two suggestions;
1. pull the water going into the skimmer directly from the display if it isn't already. By doing that you will be removing more free floating algae "spores" as well as diatoms.
2. add UV sterilization, that would also help prevent the spreading by killing any free floating in the water.


I recently switched from a 30 to a 50 and added 20+ pounds of new substrate and had the expected diatom bloom like crazy. Within 3 days of adding UV (15 watts @ <100gph) that was using water being pulled directly from the display, it has disappeared and all other forms of algae are greatly reduced in how rapidly they are propagating.
not certain if it's a direct effect, but I can't think of any other reason for the change.
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Diatoms need silica to form. Purigen removes silicates. That might help. IMO the uv won't help.


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O.o what my boyfriend said...700. No idea how it got so high...

He probably accidentally tested the salt water not the RODI...
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