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Old 12-13-2012, 01:23 AM   #11
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You sure is bubble algae an not cyano?
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:24 AM   #12
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What is all the equipment you have? If you have coral what kind of lights do you have? And any other questions you got? There's a lot in saltwater we'll take this one step at a time.
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Purple, sand, bubble... Sounds like Cyanobacteria. Increased flow will help, since your levels look good.
Stringy white sounds like spaghetti worms and related microfauna. All fine.
Cut back the lighting an hour or two until the algae is under control. The mushrooms will be fine.
Cleanup crew is not "necessary" but is highly recommended. A combination of small hermits, snails (cerith, Astraea, trochus, nassarius), and bristleworms will handle pretty much anything you throw at them. Start small, just a couple of each. Add more if necessary later.
And relax! You are not alone here. We got your back.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:27 AM   #14
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Not sure of anything. It is purplish, looks like bubbles.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:34 AM   #15
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Probably cyano. Look up pics
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:34 AM   #16
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Aquatic life light with two t5 white, two blue, and two led moon lights me of which doesn't burn. Theo hydro heater......78 degrees. Aqueoun acp 500 power head, not sure info on other power head, refugum that is running but no life. I will try to add a picture.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:43 AM   #17
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I also have a protein skimmer, not sure info on it. Unfortunately I have lost touch with the guy who sold me everything so not sure how to find out.
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Looks pretty dang good I'd syphin out the cyano and take out that rock with the white stringy stuff. Scrub it really good under hot water then put it back in and just keep your parameters under control. If you keep it stable for a couple weeks get another fish or some coral. A CuC would help a lot. I like them even for jut eating left over food.
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Kh... long name just gave great advice. That is cyano, and I have no idea about the stringy stuff but better safe than sorry. Beautiful tank though! Two power heads may not be enough. Try adding a propeller type circulation pump.
On real reefs, the erratic currents can be amazingly strong so you're not likely to have too much flow, so long as no pump is aimed directly at a coral.
Dont worry, this is nothing you can't handle. You're off to a better start than many!
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