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Old 04-20-2011, 07:42 PM   #11
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okay, do stores like sell tablets you can drop into your water, or is there only those filters
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #12
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nah just the filters
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #13
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also how often should i do water changes, some people at stores say none some say do some, im confused lol
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most do 10% a weekly me personally i have a 55G reef also so i just do 5 gallons a week
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:46 PM   #15
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nice im trying to build a reef tank, but this green stuff is stopping me
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Do you have any kind of life form in the tank? If not, leaving the lights off would help kill the algae also since algae needs a light source to do photosynthesis
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also a few people have been using a portable ro/di unit from purewaterclub.com for like 60 bucks, it's 100gpd and none have reported any issues yet.
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i have 5 fish 1 male and 1 female cinnamon clowns a cardinal a gobby and a yellow tang, as well as hermit crabs and 1 snail. do salt water tanks need filters, or are protein skimmers okay???
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could it also be from having my light on to long, i have it on for like normaly 8-9hrs a day is that too long??
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If you have 55lbs of live rock, it should be sufficient. The protein skimmer will also aid in controlling ammonia. Also, I didn't see you mention anything about a sump. I personally would use a sump on a 55g so I can hide all of the equipment and also do macroalgae underneath to aid in controlling nitrate and stuff. That would also help control the algae in your tank. I dont know much about lighting so I cant help you there
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