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Old 05-02-2011, 06:43 PM   #61
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the PO4 can be removed with waterchanges also with GFO in a reactor. i would take the LR out of the canister and stick with mechanical and carbon in it, just be sure to rinse off the sponges once a week so that it oesn't build up nitrates. this will help keep the water sparkling clear with no smells

LR in the canister is a little pointless to me and if you're going to do that you might as well just run no filter at all. the LR needs to be in whater and you'll eventually have to open the filter to clean it out killing of some life which could cause a small ammonia spike
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:50 PM   #62
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So today I have the rusty /yellow/gold/ brown looking algae I believe to be diatoms.

My ammonia levels are between 0- .25
Nitrites are rising now .5
Nitrates are still super high at 80+

Do I ever take the rotting shrimp out ? or just leave it in to decompose?
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I added too much so I ended up taking it out. I believe other members just let it decompose
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I added two fairly good size pieces , not sure if thats too much?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:31 PM   #65
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that should be just fine, I had 4 at one time in my 36g and my ammonia spiked to like 8 ppm haha
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My ammonia is already going down even though its decompossing , not sure if that has something to do with using 20 gallons of the old tank water and old filter and rocks maybe... im assuming that there was quite a bit of good bacteria in the tank already so its spreading fast there fore making the cycle shorter.
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Some new pictures of the tank after I moved the rocks again. (off my phone, sorry about the poor quality)
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thats a really cool rock you have in front!
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looking good lots of caves and lots of ledges for corals
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:13 PM   #70
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thats a really cool rock you have in front!
Thank you, That is actually called an acorn barnacle... you can buy them at reefcleaners for very little (not really rock)
ReefCleaners.org | Clean Up Crews and Macro Algae - Food/Dry


I did get the HOB refugium up tonight nothin in it besides sand and little rock rubble and a chemi pure bag.

Still cycling, ammonia and nitrite still present.

Gonna work on making RODI water in the next few days. so Im ready for the water change when it is time.
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