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Old 05-27-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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Green algue

Hi, Can anybody help me with the green algue problem It is a new tank but it's a 4ft one and takes a long to clean it off. Is there anything I can buy to do the job.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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what are your water readings
what do you have in the tank,fish,equipment,sump,skimmer
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:19 PM   #3
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Hi David, the water readings are Ph 8.1 nitrate 0.5 ammonia Kh 150 0. No skimmer as yet. 2 fish 1blue damsel 1 mandarin dragonet 1 hermit crab 2 snails and coral. 2x 39 t5and fluval 305 live rock in the filter and some live rock in the Tank. The tank is not near any sun light. Thanks Jed

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have you cycled your tank,if so how.
ammonia should be 0.check for nitrites as well.also your nitrate is 0.5? or do you mean 5
any pics
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Sorry but I'm new to this what do you mean by cycled my tank.The water was R o water from swallows shop. It shows no ammonia as yet and the nitrate is below 5. Can show pics later as my partner knows how to put them on here.
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basically you must cycle your tank before adding fish,this can take up to 6 weeks.you need benificial bacteria in your tank.this is done by adding ammonia to your tank to start the cycle,either by ading pure ammonia or just add a fresh dead shrimp,the shrimp will rot away within a few days and this will raise your ammonia,keep testing for this and you will notice the reading dropping and nitrite raising,again keep testing daily until ammonia is 0 and nitrite is 0, you will then find your nitrate raising,at this point your tank is nearly cycled and just needs a few PWC(part water change) to get nitrate as low as poss,you can then add a fish,don't add too many at once as this will over load your tank
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Who recommended the mandarin dragonet? That fish should go back to the store that you bought it from. You should take the other fish as well. Read up on cycling your tank and go from there.
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It would appear you are cycling the tank with fish, is that correct?
I saw another post that you are buying pods for the mandarin. That's sure way to go broke unless you can get the mandarin to eat prepared food or upgrade to a larger tank.

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