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Old 03-30-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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125 build. Need some advice

I set a 125 up about a week and a half ago. I have some live and some dry rock. really didnt want to cycle with fish and it is a kind of long story but I have a couple clowns in it. I know the toxic levels can kill them, but my friend is redoing his he had no where else to put them so I ended up with them. I just recently started to get diatoms and now its starting to turn in to a bubbleish algae. It almost looks like red slime but not 100%. what should I do plz help?
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What are you parameters? That's a bummer of a situation because you will need to perform water changes to keep your amm/nitrite levels low enough so that the fish survive, but it makes you cycle take longer. Is this your first salt water tank?
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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Ph low 7.8. Amm and nitrite 0~.25. Nitrate 0. I use api test kit. Sal/sg 1.025. This is my 2nd sw tank I have a 55 that I started about 2 years ago. I have about 50 dry rock 15 lbs of live in my 125. My rock from my 55 with transfer when my tank cycles. Some has coral on it. Temp 76~78. I need more water movement in my dt but my powerheads are in my 55. They should do fine for a couple months bc im thinking about getting mp40 or 60s. Havent decided yet on them. Any thoughts how I can get rid of red slime and diatoms. I also have two 7infilter socks then my reef dynamics 135ins skimmer. I do change my socks about once a week until It gets cycled and starts to get really nasty they stay pretty clean right now prolly cause theres only 2 fish.
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Reduce the hours of light and dont let direct sunlight hit your tank.
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Ok thanks
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Update. Amm. Went down as well as nitrite no spike in nitrate yet and ph rose to 8.3
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