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Old 07-20-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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I noticed my corals are getting a slight algae build up. They are in flow so im not sure what to do.


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Parameters and tank maintenance would help alot.

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All the basic parameters are at 0ppm except nitrate which is around 20-30 ppm. 10% water change biweekly. Ro/Di water is used. The algae i have noticed is kind of a maroon color that i first noticed after having to dose copper for an Ich outbreak about 2 months ago. I have been using cupisorb to remove the copper for about a month now.


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Old 07-22-2014, 01:19 PM   #5
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Algae actually likes water flow. The flow helps carry nutrients to the algae. Its bacteria, like cyano, that doesn't like flow.
You need to export the nitrates somehow. Frequent water changes will do a tiny bit of help, maybe. But removing 10-20% of your nitrates on a weekly basis wont really do much. nitrate export is the key. A skimmer? Sump with macro algae? Nitrate removal resin like NitratR?
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I have a skimmer and fuge. Net step was going to start running chemipure elite


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Cut your light duration down as well.

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All the basic parameters are at 0ppm except nitrate which is around 20-30 ppm. 10% water change biweekly. Ro/Di water is used. The algae i have noticed is kind of a maroon color that i first noticed after having to dose copper for an Ich outbreak about 2 months ago. I have been using cupisorb to remove the copper for about a month now.


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you put copper in the main display ?
it's amazing anything is growing as the rock absorbs it
nothing will ever remove it from the rock corals will most likely decline and stop growth ,
never put copper in the main display that is the biggest no no in reef keeping
if nitrates are that high your phosphates are prob close behind
bigger more frequent water changes will help lower them
cutting your lights in this situation isn't going to help much if any
that copper is the thing that got me worried the most
it seeped into all the silicon seals along with the rock
and it will be there for a long time
hate to say it but I see a FOWLR in the near future
always ask for advice before you add anything to your tank just not the pet shop
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I had a marine biologist from the national aquarium in Baltimore tell me to do that and at this point the copper is back to 0ppm


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You put copper in a reef tank? Did they tell you to put it in your reef tank? Or in a qt tank?


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