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Old 05-22-2011, 11:55 PM   #11
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Really it isn't in that bad of shape. As bavass said the bioballs are bad news for the nitrates. Next time you do a PWC rinse off several of them. Have you checked into making the sump into a fuge by using the chamber that has bioballs a place to put the algae? The worms usually aren't that big of deal.
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If you have bristle worms consider them a part of the CUC.

Do you know what kind of fish you have?
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:04 AM   #12
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First relax you should just be cycling your tank, diatoms is part of starting a new tank they usually burn themselves out.
ReefCleaners.org | Clean Up Crews and Macro Algae - Nuisance Algae ID Guide
It is best to figure out what is causing algae and then attack it that way instead of depending completely on a CUC.
Thanks for the link, very informative. bookmarked!
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:09 AM   #13
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Here is what i have:

Livestock:
2 yellow tail blue damsels
Large green brittle star
Arrow crab
5 mine urchins
5 turbo snails
3 mexican snails (1 is a baby)
Brown button polyps
Dozens of 'micro' brittle stars

My concern with the worms is that the guy we bought it from emptied the sump the night prior to bringing it to us, so im sure the cant live w/o water so the must of died right? sorry i should of said this earlier....
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:15 AM   #14
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Really it isn't in that bad of shape. As bavass said the bioballs are bad news for the nitrates. Next time you do a PWC rinse off several of them. Have you checked into making the sump into a fuge by using the chamber that has bioballs a place to put the algae? The worms usually aren't that big of deal.
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If you have bristle worms consider them a part of the CUC.

Do you know what kind of fish you have?
Another great link! Adding to to my 'library'. Thank you!
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:44 AM   #15
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All is working out guys!! Got the protein skimmer working, my hubby and I took it apart and figured it out. The worms were 'crispy' ugh! cleaned it out and now things look great!
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