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Old 05-31-2012, 10:54 AM   #31
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Scrub away and water changes. I'm battling the same problem and it is all you can do. This one is actually mild compared to when I started battling mine. Cutting back on feeding is one of the biggest things. I feed my corals all kinds of different foods which ignited the issue. I actually had 8 inch long algae coming off my hob filter (which is there because the algae plugged up my overflow so badly I had to take the sump offline) and protein skimmer, which also got clogged. Cutting back on the feeding, manual removal of the algae, water changes, and using GFO has halted the algae's progression and I have begun to make headway.

Unhook the sump if possible and scrub the entire thing down. If not, atleast turn off the pumps and scrub it. Do a water change via the sump and turn the pumps back on.
Ok so unplug the sump scrub it AND vacuum the gunk out of it?
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:21 AM   #32
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Why mess with the sump? Algae growing in the sump will keep the nitrAtes and phosphates down. I would leave the sump alone. People make algae scrubbers on purpose. If you have algae in you sump, it will consume the nitrAtes and phosphates in a place that wont make your display look bad.
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Why mess with the sump? Algae growing in the sump will keep the nitrAtes and phosphates down. I would leave the sump alone. People make algae scrubbers on purpose. If you have algae in you sump, it will consume the nitrAtes and phosphates in a place that wont make your display look bad.
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Like stated, algae in the sump isnt a prob. Dont think i was clear as im at work currently. I would be more concerned about the detrius/gunk built up in this poorly managed sump. I know what mine looked like w/o a filter sock for 2 months and it was bad. Suck all that junk out of there as that is a nitrate factory.
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Like stated, algae in the sump isnt a prob. Dont think i was clear as im at work currently. I would be more concerned about the detrius/gunk built up in this poorly managed sump. I know what mine looked like w/o a filter sock for 2 months and it was bad. Suck all that junk out of there as that is a nitrate factory.
Ok thats what i thought. No scrubbing the sump just syphoning out gunk.


I hope it doesn't crash after this. You don't think i need to use API's algaecide? The problem i have is i can only clean it on fridays because thats the inly day shes there. It really is aggravating because i know it needs back to back RO replacement but i can only get to her each Friday.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #36
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Ok im here at her house. The internal overflow is full of algae. Where the teeth are for the water to fall through is like this weird neon green web like algae.

Gonna get to the sump vacuum it a bit and scrub the main display only.

Gonna change 15 gallons out.

I hope this helps because she has limited time where i can come by.

Want some pics? And i need help with all these wires going to different things in her sump. Gonna label them all today. I found the skimmer isn't working at all.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:18 PM   #37
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Like stated, algae in the sump isnt a prob. Dont think i was clear as im at work currently. I would be more concerned about the detrius/gunk built up in this poorly managed sump. I know what mine looked like w/o a filter sock for 2 months and it was bad. Suck all that junk out of there as that is a nitrate factory.
Look at this on the other tank! Pulled it out of the internal overflow!



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Whats that stuff!!!
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Looks like cheato. Maybe throw it into the sump?
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Looks like cheato. Maybe throw it into the sump?
Well i already left her place. I was gonna throw it away.
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