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Old 07-24-2013, 06:01 PM   #1301
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Your red algae issue. Is it cyano bacteria? The slimy looking stuff
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:01 PM   #1302
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No, cyano is slimy and forms a film. This is actual algae that grows in tufts.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #1303
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Gotcha! I was able to see the red. Just not able to see the texture. I have a bit of redish purple kelp growing off one of my stones. But I haven't seen it spread through out the tank. So I just prune it when it gets large.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:42 PM   #1304
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Only reason I asked if it was cyano is because I just got done with a year long battle with it. Nothing was working. My levels were testing within reason. So i Had a friend come over with his test kit to double check. Turns out my ph was way out of wack due to a bad ph test solution. And the reef crystals salt I was using had a low ph when it was used to make my water. And the low ph was causing the solidified phosphates to dissolve back into the water giving fuel to the cyano. I was astonished!!!! Corrected the ph and the cyano went away on its own.
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This shows it much better. Thank you DSLR!
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:55 AM   #1306
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I had algae issues in my tank specifically red and green hair algae. I then bought an abalone and have not seen algae since. He did an awesome job and when his work is done I can eat him.
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Lol. I don't know about eating one myself... But I hear you. Ill consider the assistance from one. I hate adding things to solve issues. My big hope is that the cobalt resins help. I already like them better than Gfo. The fact that the skimmer is working consistently now will help too.

Sorry to hear about your crash btw. Totally sucks. I'm playing things slow as I was working 60 hour weeks and trying to spend time with my fiancée. It seems every time I put my hand in my tank I break one of my Lps. Last week it was my trumpet, last night my hammer. Hopefully I can glue the hammer back together.
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I should also update a tad. Besides accidentally breaking off one of the hammer coral branches, the chunk is doing really well down in the sand. Ill be keeping an eye on it as I don't like aggressive corals being too close to each other. Either way I will be wanting to try to glue the pieces back together, just use this as an experiment I where it would rather be placement wise for the time being. Has remained difficult with how full the tank is and if money frees up the 36 might eventually be revived with a taotronics led down the road as a frag tank.

I also took out the sponges from one side of my dual reactor and put in the 2 bags of cobalt's anti nitrate resin. So in that chamber is the anti phosphate and nitrate resins. Will watch to see how things go, as I believe my algae growth is stemming from using the store ro water rather than ro/di. There isn't another option at this point until I buy a house.
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Sat by with my camera when I fed today and finally got a picture of my beta!
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It's ALIVE and we have proof lol . Kidding hank . I almost had the lfs put one on hold for me last week but decided against it .
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