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Old 01-18-2013, 11:18 PM   #11
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I have just one quick question do I still need to do water changes if I have a protein skimmer.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:23 AM   #12
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YES do your water changes religiously. One of the most important thing to do with saltwater.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:28 AM   #13
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Ok thanks.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:34 AM   #14
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Bryopsis and cyanobacteria. You are overfeeding and /or not doing enough water changes.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:50 AM   #16
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It almost looks like a combination of two. I'm no expert by any means. But it looks like some green hair algae, red slime maybe? And a strand of cyno. I know there are different types. I'm sure more experienced members will chime in with the correct I.D.

Here's a good read.

http://www.reefcleaners.org/index.ph...d=54&Itemid=60


In any event I think most will agree that most algae is because of excessive nutrients.

Water changes will be needed. What are your parameters and light schedule?

I mentioned taking the rock out and scrubbing it only because I thought we were talking a small amount on one rock. This is clearly NOT the case.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:53 AM   #17
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Bryopsis and cyanobacteria. You are overfeeding and /or not doing enough water changes.
Well... There's your answer ^^^^^

He knows what he's talking about. Listen to him.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:37 AM   #18
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How much water should I take out for a 55g.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:42 AM   #19
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I would start with cutting back feeding to every other day or every 3rd day. This doesn't mean giving them 3 times the amount of food because they haven't eaten yesterday. Your goal is reducing the amount of nutrients in the tank.
I would probably do a 20%-25% water change a week for a while, vacuuming out as much of that cyano I can with each change.
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