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Old 12-17-2006, 03:58 PM   #11
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I was thinking of doing a blackout for a week - but I have 2 firefish that will not come out at all unless the lights are on......

Once a week PWC? - check!

Infrequent feedings? - check!

RO/DI water? - check!

Manually removing hair algea? - check!

Cutting back on lighting? - check!

Using Additives? (nope) - check!

Protein Skimmer? (getting one next week) - semi check!

Increase clean up crew? (getting more hermits next week) - semi check!

Rinse frozen foods? (will start doing this at next frozen feeding) - semi check!

Add a refugium or fresh macro? - Have no idea what this means - no check!
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Old 12-17-2006, 04:06 PM   #12
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Protein Skimmer? (getting one next week) - semi check!

Increase clean up crew? (getting more hermits next week) - semi check!

Rinse frozen foods? (will start doing this at next frozen feeding) - semi check!


Add a refugium or fresh macro? - Have no idea what this means - no check!
These that you are doing are big players in the excessive nutrients game. You do these and you`ll put a big dent in the fuel process for hair algea. As far as refuges here is a link

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Old 12-18-2006, 09:19 AM   #13
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PO4 - 0.1 (in tank and source water, as well)

Hmmm........is the PO4 level really high?? What else could I do to lower it??
Any po4 level above .5 ppm can start causing unwanted algae growth. Reducing feedings and the skimmer will go a long way in reducing it to .5 or less.

po4 levels increase from any decaying matter i.e.

Plant material that dies off,
The breakdown of undigested food in feces,
bacterial/algae die-off,
fish/invert death that decomposes,
Overfeeding and the decay of the food that is not consumed.

po4 also can come from unexpected sources i.e.

Phosphate in the water you are using,
Phosphate present in the salt you use to make up water,
Additives that contain it,
Carbon that leaches phosphate into the water,
Phosphates in buffering compounds,
Adding the liquid of frozen foods after it thaws to the tank.

There are others but these are the most common reasons why po4 levels rise.

True ro/di water should have a 0 ppm level of po4 and your filters should be changed out. RO only water can still have traces of po4 sometimes.

There are also mechanical/chemical ways to reduce po4 and they include:
Poly-Bio-Marine Poly Filter
Phosphate Filter Pads
ROWAphos Phosphate Remover

Ideally you want to maintain your phosphate concentration at 0.5 ppm or lower if possible to prevent algae growth.
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Old 12-18-2006, 01:27 PM   #14
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Thanks for all of your help out there, but unfortunately this will have to be put on the back burner for right now. I just got word that my 15 year old cousin has passed away and I'm leaving for Atlanta tomorrow.

The protein skimmer will have to wait for a couple of weeks due to the cost of my travelling and not getting paid for the days I'm taking off of work.

I really appreciate all the help, and I will get this taken care of.

Merry Christmas, everyone.......hug your loved ones and let them know how much you love them.

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Wow, sorry to hear about your loss! If you don't have any fish or corals in your tank, you probably could leave the lights off and get rid of the algae....or at least put them on a timer and run 3-4 hours a day, maybe even less....
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First I'd like to just express my sympathy.
I hope that you had a safe trip and that you're coping/healing alright.

Second, I wanted to ask how your tank is doing and if you've had the chance to get back to dealing with it yet.

I noticed you mentioned Big Al's.
Is that the one in Broward?
If that's the one where you get your water, I live right around the corner from it.
I'm there so often they should paint my name on one of the parking stones...

I'd be more than happy to meet up with you or your hubby the next time you're up here and give you a baggie of fresh macro (chaeto) from my refugium for your tank.
Just wedge it in some rocks in the back of your tank and it will help reduce the excess nutrients in your system.
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