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Old 05-28-2007, 06:08 PM   #1
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Bubbles?????

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As some of you know i set up an established tank last week.. today i have noticed there are tiny bubbles appearing where there is algae..on the LR and the glass...none on the sand however. I was wondering why they are there all of the sudden. When i purchased the tank there was quiet a bit of hair algae...i now have a diatom bloom( i ordered ceriths and astreas...and hermit crabs. should be here tomorrow) are the bubbles a cause for concern?

Ammonia-0
nitirte-<.1
nitrate< 10
ph- 8.3
phos- 0
dkh-8
ca-440
sg-35ppt
temp- 79.8
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Old 05-28-2007, 08:39 PM   #2
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No, the bubbles will be ok, sounds like the normal cycle process. I would not add anything to a tank that has nitrItes.
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Are you recyling the tank? Are you using any LR from the tank or did it not have any in it?
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:46 PM   #4
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it was an existing system....120 lbs LR and i replaced the sand with aragonite...90 lbs...i think i went thru a spike or perhaps a mini cycle...did a PWC yesterday..parameters tested this morning:
temp-78.9
ammonia-0
nitrite<1
nitrate<10...well below the color chart color...but has a slight tint
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Cyanobacteria and dinoflagalette "algae" are the only O2 producing algae that you'll see bubbles with. It sounds like it's just bubbles from the move (sand will usually bubble out for a while) but google those and see if that is what you have.
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im getting a little nervous now..i hope its unfounded...all my parameters have stayed pretty good so far, phos and ammonia 0 and nitrate test color is almost clear...im just a little bit nervous about the algae and the small bubbles.
Devilishturtle...i believe the algae i have is diatoms and not cyano or dino.
the reason im a bit nervous is because of the livestock i have along with the corals...i have been a nut about testing( 2 times a day, once in the am and once in the pm)
and geeze....is it normal to have to top off almost a gallon a day? my wife says im payin more attention to the tanks than to her!!!! she tripped over me with the laundry basket while i was laying on the floor looking at the fuge..LOL..i think im gonna get some of those orange saftey cones and put them around the floor next time!!!
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I have found phospates are very hard to detect with cyano present. Can you get a pic?
Evaporation will depend on the room's temp, lighting and other factors. I do about 1 Gallon a day on ly 55.
I like the cone idea! LOL!
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yes i will get a pic later on this after noon and thanks for the quick replys
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It is very common to have to top off that much a day. I have a total system volume of about 130 gallons and I top off about 2.5 gallons a day but that is because I have a fan blowing across the fuge and sump and 3 fans in my canopy. I also have a very very agressive skimmer that removes a fair amount of water each day.

As for your pics I see diatoms which come with the addition of the new sand. I remove a bit of sand every month or two when I do a good servicing of my system and add back sand and for a couple of days to about a week I see a little diatom bloom. Give it a little time and that will go away. It sounds like you keep a very close eye on your tank which is a good thing!

By the way, your wife will still step on you even with the cones...trust me! Mine says the same thing about me and my tank!
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Hey Ziggy thanks for the reply....i will do a cleaning as you mentioned, as for the cones....maybe i need spike strips around them!!!!!!!!!!
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