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Old 09-29-2013, 06:57 PM   #291
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Gas exchange is part of the problem, but if you have coral it is lack of flow that can kill them. Corals need constant flow in order to "breath."
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:56 PM   #292
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Is algae really that bad?

While my fish have been in the QT all I've really managed to do was grow some algae. Seems like one day there wasn't any and the next day it was everywhere! I've been dropping in a little fish food every 3 days or so to give the ammonia eating bacteria something to work on. I went to local hardware stores and wasn't able to find pure ammonia.

Is this what I should be doing right now? Or do my few critters produce enough waste to keep the system in check? I've got 2 turbo snails, 2 red hermits and about 3 of the aforementioned lazy hermits that came from the gulf. Then there's the tuxedo urchin, the red star and the controversial sebae anemone ( couldn't take him back) but pleased to report that he has found a happy place, appears to be healthy and is eating well. Fingers crossed.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:56 AM   #293
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Algae and seawater go together, so no, it's not always a bad thing. I use it in a algae scrubber to filter my tank. Many use it in their sumps as nitrogen absorbers. It's when it chokes out corals and covers everything that it becomes a nuisance. But even then I have seen healthy corals push algae back. You have to remove the algae and the organics the algae thrives on, not just depend on any CUC to do the job. They just recycle the wastes for the most part. But having some algae is pretty much part of the whole reef thing.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #294
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Algae can be one if the biggest pains in your tank, but it is also save you money. If it is in your display tank it is ugly as sin...for the most part. It can also easily overtake corals and smother them.
I'm constantly battling this in my tank with this red hair algae. Stuff is like a bristle on a wire brush. Like stated above, I run a light in my sump to grow it in there to prevent growth in my display. Eventually will build an algae turf scrubber, but that'll be a ways away.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #295
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A few questions for the day:

Q1: still wondering if I need to add an ammonia source to keep the bacteria happy. I'm not putting any type of food in the tank. Is the urchin and snail poo enough of a source?

Q2: speaking of poo: do I need to siphon it out somehow? I've got diatoms too and between the two my sand looks dirty.
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I keep the shrimp in until you have no reading on ammonia or nitrite. Water change to bring the nitrate down, and them add a fish after taking out the shrimp. The bacteria will continue to be fed by the fish waste, so no need for the shrimp.
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My tank is already cycled. I had to take the fish out because of ich. I read that you need to keep an ammonia source going or all of the beneficial bacteria will die off because they don't have anything to feed from. I was just dropping fish food in every few days but I stopped doing that because my nitrates were climbing. I had done a great job of keeping them under 5 when i had fish. Then they got up to 20 or maybe more without fish. I still had the inverts in there though and don't feed them anything. They are all algae eaters except the anemone which I target feed a few times per week. So that is the reason for my question. If I have a 75 gallon tank with 2 red hermit crabs, 2 "lazy" hermit crabs, 2 turbo snails, 1 small ( 2 inch) star fish, 1 tuxedo urchin, and 1 anemone (3-4 inches), are they producing enough ammonia to keep the BB fed?
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I would keep feeding the tank The bacti level will keep pace with the ammo source, if you let it die off your gonna get a spike when you put the fish back in there.

Add the fish slowly so the bacti can adjust to the load. Keep up with the PWC's as if there were still fish in the main tank.
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Any recommendation on what to feed and how often to do it? We don't have pure ammonia locally so vie been guesstimating w frozen fish food cubes
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I used flake. (every other day) any type of fish food will work as it will break down and feed the BB The CUC will consume some so it all dont go to waste.
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