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Old 06-28-2011, 08:14 PM   #161
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Hey Carey what's this new stuff I've found growing?? The dark red I've noticed a few spots like that forming today
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:22 PM   #162
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Looks like red slime algae. is it mushy or hard?
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:06 PM   #163
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Seems mushy to me, it's not hard like rock
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Seems mushy to me, it's not hard like rock
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:35 PM   #165
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How do I get rid of this stuff??
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:23 PM   #166
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Ok little update I went and bought a phosphate test kit to add to my arsenal and tested some of my ro, and it came up zero so that was good so did a nitrate test, then I tested the tank for everything ad came up with
Am 0 trite 0 trate 10 phos .025 ph 8.3
So everything is ok except the phosphates how can I lower that number? If the water going in is testing 0? The green hair algae is still thriving, I used my tds meter on the ro and came up with 30 so that is not good I'm going to order the filter kit on marine depot and change them out because I don't know how old they are. This is a picture of my unit is there filter media in the white cylinder on top that I need to worry about? I'm not seeing any replacement for that one
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:47 PM   #167
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So I believe the red slime and hair algae is under control I am seeing .25 ppm phosphate in the tank, 0 trates, no more hair algae just a few here and there still hanging on that I think the blenny will take Care of, and red slime is mostly gone except on little bit on a rock and a thin dusting of it on the top of the sand.. How can I get rid of this? I've heard it can be attributed from poor flow? My ro has 0 phos and trate, and my tds is 1, also I read on this forum that when using a gravel cleaner to only do the surface because it will release nitrates and you go all the way to the bottom is this true?
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Yep, you don't wanna dig a vacuum into the sand like you do in freshwater, it can release losts of nasties from the sand.

You could out some GFO into your filter or sump to get the phosphates down a bit.

Also, I had phosphates reading at .53 and I added something called "phosbusters", it lowered my phosphates down to .13 after 2 days. I'm never one to advocate putting stuff in a tank, but it appeared to work. Just a thought.
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What is gfo?? And I will head your warning about digging into the sand, I saw some snails that borrow and clean the sand would these be a good idea??
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Yep, nassarius snails. They don't eat algae just sift through the sand. I have a ton in all my tanks, I love em.

GFO= granular ferric oxide. Its' also sold as rowa-phos and under a few other brand names. You just put it into a filter bag and put it where the water flows, whether it be in a hob or in your sump. They also have GFO reactors but that seems a tad extreme for now. lol
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