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Old 11-03-2003, 10:30 PM   #11
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Hi
Bin giving a lot of thought to what you said about finding the cause to the problem,
4 new lights
3 PH
NITra 0
NITri 0
POS 0.2
CAL 450
PH 8.3
OM 0
Lights on 10am cl 10pm
Sal 0.24
Large Ehime Filter
Large Ehime w/d
tank is 14 weeks old
Temp 80

All looks good to my inexperience mind so i don't know.
Do you see any HOLES in the above that can be causing this?


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Old 11-04-2003, 02:40 PM   #12
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POS 0.2
This will do it. Actually, anything for phosphate readings over 0.06 can cause algae issues.

My Salifert test kit lists results as follows:

0.03 - good
0.10 - critical
0.25 coral growth retarded.

I know that when we fought our cyano battle back at the beginning of the year, we pretty much narrowed it down to *elevated* phosphates - which, at the time, were just shy of 0.10.

I'd try to increase water circulation/flow as much as possible (cyano thrives in low flow areas), but I'd also look at (1) testing your makeup water for P04 -- if you're not using RO/DI, you could be introducing phos. with your water changes. (2) - Look at how much you are feeding, how often, and what you are feeding (including all additives).

If you're not adding P04 with your water changes, do a series of 20%, twice-weekly water changes, siphoning all visible cyano (if any returns) from the tank when you do so. See if that brings your P04 level down.

Good luck!!
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:11 PM   #13
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Checked tap water reads 0.1 so from the start i'm a little high ??????
I have a phos pad in my filter now .
Do you think i should put in an another one?
Thanks (i feel that i'm starting to be a PEST)
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Old 11-04-2003, 08:29 PM   #14
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Using tap water is quite likely a good part of the problem. you'll want to pick yourself up an RO filter at a minimum. (thats what i have) or if you have the cash, an RO/DI unti is preferred.
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You're not a pest. That's what this forum is for. Tap water is usually a big *evil* when it comes to reef tanks - it can not only add phosphates, but a wealth of other nasty things - heavy metals being at the top of the list.

Instead of spending the $$ on phosphate sponges - you're going to go broke if your makeup water has that level of P04 - spend some $$ on a good RO/DI filter - stop using tap water - you'll save yourself a slew of probelms.

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Oops - thanks BillyZ (posting at same time). 8)
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Old 11-06-2003, 06:34 PM   #18
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Please correct me if i'm wrong.

I was told to day by my LFS that when i do a water change i should Syphon coral on the bottom too .
1 i thought that at this stage of the tank the bottom is now LC and syphon ing would take all the good things needed for the LC.
2 how do you syphon under the LR ?

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Aldo,

Sorry for not replying sooner. If you have a DSB, no, you should not siphon it. If you have CC substrate, you should siphon it to remove large particles of detritus that could accumulate.

As far as siphoning under LR, I wouldn't attempt it. Get a turkey baster, and give your LR a good "blowing off" to remove any accumulated detritus, and put it into the water column, so that it can be removed by your skimmer. I would do this weekly.

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Just wanted to let you know that i got "TAP WATER FILTER" made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals.Inc. They make RO/DI Filters to much $$$$ for me, this is a DI and work great, takes out all chem---everything Phos etc.
when the CYLINDER turns black change it app 50g $35 cdn.
Tank starting to look great very very little algae got 2 African snails work great .
Soon as i get a picture & learn how to post it i will.
Could not have done this with out YOU.
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