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Old 11-23-2010, 11:11 PM   #171
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We'll the tank itself has been running for almost ten months now... the only new major addition was The sump...I just don't like the algae..been trying to deal with it for while now .... my local fish store told me to use this product they had called Ultra Life red slime?? Anyone know something about it...
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:14 AM   #172
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that's erythromycin, a powerful, bacteria killing, antibiotic. you are just taking away a symptom of the problem which is excess nutrients. water changes while vacuuming out what you can will be more effective and better for your delicate ecosystem long term.
also, what do you think will happen to the beneficial bacteria that your system needs to survive, when you add a bacteria killing antibiotic?
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:56 AM   #173
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Ooh yea that doesn't sound like it would be good idea for the rest of the bacterias I never thought about it that way. Ill just try to keep scooping it out and syphoning some out..if usingqa reactor what would be better choice of media in the reactor, carbon or some of that phosban stuff?
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it depends what you want the reactor to do. if you have phosphate issues, granular ferric oxide (phosban) is what you need.
i really think everyone should run carbon on their tanks.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:46 PM   #175
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so is most algae problems caused by phosphates? i am wondering would what benefit more in a reactor. i am looking to purchase a reactor to either run phosban or carbon. if the phosban will eliminate my algae problems that would be great and i would lean more towards the phosban media but i been reading alot that carbon is really important in tanks as well. can i run two reactors in series or something..one with phosban and one with carbon? does this sound right?
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:49 PM   #176
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i am looking into the phosban reactor 150 from fosterandsmiths website..or two little fishies from aquacave..i think their the same anyway
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:21 PM   #177
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will running carbon also reduce algae growth?
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i don't think so. it won't remove nitrate or phosphate. it will clear the water up though, and allow light to penetrate better. it will also help with any odors.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:28 AM   #179
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K well I am gonna have to decide what's going to be better for me to run..
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:41 AM   #180
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I had a really bad red slime problem about 8 months ago. It was so bad that it made me want to give up. I agree with mr x, you don't want to add anything that might kill the beneficial bacteria. Everyone told me keep up with water changes and it should go away but the solution itself is not just water changes, if you do not find the source you will never win. Personally I did three things, and it completely won the battle. I am not sure which one it was or if it was the combination. I did them all the same week and in two weeks time it was gone.
1. My bulbs were old so I replaced them.
2. I added two power heads both with circulation towards the sand. Red slime is lighter than the sand and will float off if it is getting hit by a direct flow.
3. I added a uv sterilizer.

Also you said Los Angeles! What city? I've been to about every lfs store from thousand oaks to fountain valley
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