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Old 06-02-2009, 06:45 PM   #11
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Ok I think I'm getting the cyno under control. I no longer have such a broad carpet of it on my sand bed. I still have a little on my LR, and a very small bit sand. I completly turn the lights off except for the moon light for about a week. I also added a second return spot for more flow. With my sump, I got rid of the bio balls I had and added 2 plain filter pads in both sides of my bubble trap. One after the skimmer, and one before the return pump.
I have also done water changes every other day, along with cleaning the filter pads. I also started to feed only once a day.

My question to prevent this from happening again is...
What is the proper lighting cycle with the white/blue/and moon lights? Do I ever turn the white and blue ones on at the same time?

If for some reason the cyno comes back when I turn the lights on, will I have to wait another week before I can use them again?

This last question is kinda off the subject...
Why would I suddenly start getting small amonia levels in my water? Now that the cyno is going away??? All my other readings were Zero.

Thanks for all the help so far!!!!

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Old 06-02-2009, 08:58 PM   #12
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I have my lights on as follows (with timers so its the same everyday)
2:00pm actinic blues come on
4:30pm 10,000 k daylights come on
10:30pm 10,000 k daylights shut off
11:30pm actinic blues shut off
11:29pm Moon lights come on
2:30am Moon lights shut off
6 hours for day light lights.
I keep my actinic blues on while the daylights are on and keep the moon lights on for only a few hours. Keeping them on can lead to algae build up in certain spots over a period of time.
As far as your algae problem I would say use some sort of phosphate reducer but first test your waters phosphate levels. I would also do a water change every 1-3 weeks to keep nitrates down. It depends really on the skimmer and or how many trace elements you lose during the amount of time in between.

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I would say feed every other day. I feed that way and sometime even skip an extra day (this could be part of where your ammonia is coming from). How are you cleaning the pads? In SW or FW? If you are using FW, you are killing off the bacteria and that might be another source of ammonia, beside the extra rotting food. Have you tested your source water for ammonia too?
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+1 on what roka said.
What you are looking for is a balance in your system. Lights, feeding, macro algae, fish and corals. Also, your system is trying to reach this balance with it's Ph, Alk, SG, and temp. I have reached this balance and have not had to clean my glass in over 3 months,

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