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Old 02-16-2009, 11:03 AM   #11
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2-3 weeks in the life of our tanks is like a day in our lives if you think about the ecosystem aspect of thing. (No... I don't have any scientific proof for that statement, but it seems about right!) It's kind of like saying... "But I gave up smoking yesterday, so why am I still short of breath today?" The whole feedback loop aspect of the water parameters (sorry... engineer geek talk) takes a while to turn things around. If you aren't seeing any improvements over 2-3 MONTHS than I'd start thinking something is strange.

Even without knowing the phosphate numbers, it's probably not a bad idea to be running some ferric-oxide based Phosphate remover in the tank somewhere.

Oh... and get your priorities straight! Sheesh... wedding planning versus tanks issues! (Congrats, by the way!)

[Edit: just reread your CUC numbers. I think you'd have no problems adding like 10x the number of nassarius snails (the little ones) that you have already. 20-30 of them in a 55g would be a conservative number in my book. In addition, I'd get at least 10-15 of either astrea or trochus snails. Except for the turbo, you really don't have anything that will scrape the algae off your rocks.]

Hah the nerve huh? thanks!
That'll be my next purchase I'm sure. A test kit. some phosphate remover + more CUC members will I'm sure help. In the mean time I'll keep doing PWC. Hopefully by next week I can at least get a few more things to get the ball rolling. I appreciate the help as always
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I guess i can add a cent or two... ...I had the same problem right when I added my lighting system... I had a huge Diatoms out break along with Cyano and green hair Algae.... eventually my system started going threw a Nitrogen Cycle and I was doing more than 10 gallon water change to cut out the Phosphates I was feeding once a Day with frozen mysis and Brine... I stay away from the Flakes because flakes are high in Phosphates and will create Algae outbreaks especially over time if it's not all consumed right away.... Right now I have hardly no Algae left which my Kole Tang basically polish the rest of whatever algae was left in my system and LR... I love that little guy...
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I bought a phosphate kit as well as 10 astrea snails today. I plan on getting a carbon hardness /calcium test here soon. I figure this was the best place to start.

Phosphate test kit is redsea, it looks as phosphate levels are between 0-0.1ppm ( slight green tinge, not at 0 but less green than 0.1) a lot less than I expected. Interesting. We'll see how this goes.
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IMO.. Sometimes it is hard to get a good Phos reading because of your Algae problem it will consume whatever Phosphates you have....
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