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Old 01-08-2007, 01:32 AM   #11
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I've used "www.aquaticisland.com" a couple times now. They have great prices and new customers get a freebie pack as well. The margarita snails they ship are fairly large.

They appear to be sold out right now. Might drop them a line and get on the wait list.

Yeah Cyano is a pain. I know, I had it about a year ago in my old 55g and it was a PAIN.

LIGHTS... What type of lights do you have? Have you changed the bulbs recently? That is something everyone always forgets to check. Typically your higher end lights will go anywhere from 6 months to a year depending on your model. I'm pushing 1 year with my 260 watts now and starting to see some growth myself I'm not fond of seeing.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:24 PM   #12
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One problem I may have stumbled upon by reading other threads is that my tank may be too stagnant. In the 40 gallon tank that I have I calculated that I had about a 400 gph turnover rate. Today I added a second powerhead to bring the turnover rate up to 560 gph. Though, with the additional powerhead it seems as if my tank has turned into a whirlpool compared to what it was before. But compairing it with tanks I've seen at my LFS it is the norm. I guess the sixline will need to adjust.

As far as lighting is concerned I have a 36" Coralife Lunar Aqualights Compact Fluorescent Strip Light with 1 blue actinic bulb and 1 10000K bulb. I run them about 11 hours a day (8-7) and last replaced the bulbs about 9 months ago.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:40 PM   #13
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As far as lighting is concerned I have a 36" Coralife Lunar Aqualights Compact Fluorescent Strip Light with 1 blue actinic bulb and 1 10000K bulb. I run them about 11 hours a day (8-7) and last replaced the bulbs about 9 months ago.
This is also contributing to the bloom. Those light sound like they are about ripe for changing. I would also reduce your light cycle. I run mine 8 hours a day.
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Old 01-09-2007, 12:31 AM   #14
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Roka which ones would you replace first? Blue Actinic or the While 10k
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It does not really matter I would replace them all. I agree with Roka, replace them.
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Old 01-14-2007, 01:15 PM   #16
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I've replaced the bulbs in the lights (boy do they look brighter now) and I've done a couple water changes. I've also added some more snails to help eat everything up. The bottom looks a lot whiter and the rocks are starting to clear up. I've done a PO4 test of the tank itself and it came out 0. The next time I make new saltwater I'll test that as well.
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Sounds like a good start to a lovely clean up job.
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I've done a PO4 test of the tank itself and it came out 0. The next time I make new saltwater I'll test that as well.
Two things:
1. I have found phosphates tend to show up VERY low to 0, when cyano is present. I think it eats it so fast that it show low readings on my Seachem test.
2. I would test both your tap water and premixed SW for phosphates. If you are seeing them in your tap, there won't be much you can do. Maybe look into a RO/DI unit.
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Hey Roka it is 9:24PM Mtn time on Monday the 15th, your sig shows Wed 17@7:31 how is that? Tkeon said in the first post that they had a RO/DI, it seems that things are coming under control
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I didn't see in any of the post about siphoning out as much of the cyano when you do your water changes. I get a bit of it in 2 places in my tank both of which have low water flow, so when I do my water changes I make sure to siphon it off the rock in those 2 areas. I'll just add my voice in the PWCs best thing in the world. Make sure to check that tap water and even the water coming out of your RO/DI unit. If you only have one fish left in the tank I would only feed every other day and as little as you can get away with until you get things under control. Cutting the lights back will help a lot, 11 hours is a bit much. We all love to look at our tanks but night time is good for the tank too! Good luck!
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