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Old 07-31-2013, 11:52 PM   #91
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It could be diatoms. I got them really bad and they eventually just go away.
Googled pics-that's exactly what I've got.
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Yah they will go away soon just hope you don't get cyano bacteria like I did. I had to buy chemiclean but it cleared up pretty fast!
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Yeah, everyone gets diatoms. Especially in salt water. Thankfully mine only lasted about 2 weeks. After that was some terrifying spots of hair algae that went away all on their own.
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Yeah. I'm not too worried. I've only been up and running for a week, so I'm still early in the process. However, why would my nitrates steadily increase if I'm not getting the ammonia and nitrite numbers first?

I've added a good amount of frozen food over the last 2 days, so I oughtn't see some ammonia soon. Just seemed wired.
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If your nitrates are increasing do a good water change.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:28 PM   #96
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Yeah. I'm not too worried. I've only been up and running for a week, so I'm still early in the process. However, why would my nitrates steadily increase if I'm not getting the ammonia and nitrite numbers first?

I've added a good amount of frozen food over the last 2 days, so I oughtn't see some ammonia soon. Just seemed wired.
Well, you said the live rock was pre cured so it's basically the same as if you had added an established filter to the tank.
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Yep, if you added all live rock then it's kinda like you did a tank transfer. The only die off would be from transporting the rock which should have been minimal.

You can test the cycle by dosing ammonia and seeing if it disappears within 24 hours if you like.
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Yep, if you added all live rock then it's kinda like you did a tank transfer. The only die off would be from transporting the rock which should have been minimal.

You can test the cycle by dosing ammonia and seeing if it disappears within 24 hours if you like.
Yeah, I've got about 27 lbs of live rock and a total of 30 lbs of live sand (between refugium and tank). It's been in there for a week now.

I have added some frozen food (mysis shrimp) starting a couple of days ago. Still no spike. I just added my algae to the sump to officially make it a refugium. Should I start to see nitrates go down?

If I don't see ammonia go up, can I start adding cleaner crew?
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You wont see the nitrates go down by themselves, you'll have to do a water change for that to happen.
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You wont see the nitrates go down by themselves, you'll have to do a water change for that to happen.
Thanks. I thought the macro algae in the refugium was supposed to help with nitrates. Is that true at all?
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