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Old 03-04-2014, 08:42 PM   #21
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Thank you rock guy! Exactly the type of comment i was looking for i will give it a try.i just find weird that his test didnt show any traces of nitrate and phosphate. What could be the minimum amount of light i can give my tank to make sure my
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:24 PM   #22
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Algae feeds off of nitrates and phosphates. It's like fertilizer for algae. When I had an algae problem I kept my blues in for 6 hours and my whites in for 4. Blues on an hour before and after whites. IMO if you want a nice reef tank good test kits are good investments also.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:31 PM   #23
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I've learned that solving these problems is a trail and error type of thing. Some stuff works across the board. But not every system is the same. Each and every reef aquarium is its own little ecosystem
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So if i understand i could be running my 65w actinic and 12w mixed led band for 6 hours and then i add the white for 4 hours And that would not harm the corals?
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Old 03-05-2014, 12:37 PM   #25
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Blues for an hour. Whits and blues for 4 hours then blues for another hour. If you have a sump run that light opposite. Your coral will be fine
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:28 PM   #26
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If I was you I'd invest in an rodi unit. One of the best investment you can make. At the very least go to your LFS and buy rodi water. Do Large water changes while vacuuming as much algae as you can. I'd also reduce feeding and your lighting time until you get it under control

You know you need to do all of this not just reduce lighting right? I would also suggest running some carbon and phosphate media if your not all ready, and do 3-4 large (50%) wc's this week with manual removal to start to get your params under control
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You know you need to do all of this not just reduce lighting right? I would also suggest running some carbon and phosphate media if your not all ready, and do 3-4 large (50%) wc's this week with manual removal to start to get your params under control
This is sound advice. Just cutting the lights back isn't gonna solve the problem. It is like putting a band aid on it. Getting nutrients under control is the main issue going on right now.
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I will invest in a ro/di unit very soon but i tested my params 2 days ago and nitrate was 0-5, phosphate 0, ph 8.1.
I dont have algua growing in other place than the sand. Doing 3 50% water change in the same week wont eliminate the good bacterias?
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Your not testing high for phosphate or nitrate because the algae is feeding off them, but they are there. Ro/di is key if you can't get that use distilled not spring water. And no large wc's do not harm your bb, they are on your rocks and sand not the water
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I did a 50% water change 2 days ago im gonna do an other one tomorrow. This is how the tank looks after i siphoned the green algua 2 days ago.Click image for larger version

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