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Old 09-07-2010, 09:07 PM   #11
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I set my tank up on May first 2010. I have like 5 snails 3 emerald crabs and like 15 little blue hermit crabs. as for corals I have a few mushroom a candy cane coral and one I cant remember the name of. I have like 75lbs of rock in my system right now. I have another question now I bought my light used and I was reading somewhere else that you should change the lights every 9 month to a year. I don;t know how old my bulbs are. Do you think I should change them? And will old bulbs cause this algae to grow? I'm going to assume that old bulb are also bad for my corals. Right?

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...I don;t know how old my bulbs are. Do you think I should change them? And will old bulbs cause this algae to grow? I'm going to assume that old bulb are also bad for my corals. Right?
Yup... on all questions!

If you don't know the age of the bulbs, that's a good first step. You need to do it for the corals anyway, and it might shift the light spectrum back to where it doesn't encourage the algae.
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Ok thanks. Where can I get the bulbs from? Is there a place that is cheap?
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phosphates are nutrients.
snails and crabs won't cure this problem.
saltwatertogo's statement is absurd in so many ways.
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I agree with checking your Phosphates as well as getting some other readings. Test your water and see where your nitrates are as well. If you are having algae problems there is something fueling it. Mr. X is correct, PWCs is the way to go. Before you do your weekly (which I agree with until the problem is under contorl) PWC pull out as much of the algae as you can. Carbon on the system is what ever, if it is working for you fine. Rinse filter pads out with old salt water when you do your PWCs and that will help as well. Not sure how your system is set up....
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Thanks. I'm making water as we speak to do a PWC. I'm gonna take my water to the local pet store to get some test done on it. I only have the basic salt water testing kit. I prob. should by a coral water test kit at some point too. Was the advice on the bulbs good? I was also thinking about maybe changing the DI cartridge in my water filter?
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... Was the advice on the bulbs good?
I thought so.

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I was also thinking about maybe changing the DI cartridge in my water filter?
What is the TDS reading on your output? If you don't know, probably should get a TDS meter to know when to change it out unless you're running color-changing resin.
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good you do have algae eating critters, your tank is pretty new to have a phosphate problem. not to say you don't, good your getting a test kit. A good hydrometer ( refractometer ) to. If you don't already have one. PWC's can't hurt they will lower your nutrient level. what type of food do you feed your fish and do you feed your corals.? what? and how often. Is there alot of detris on the bottom or behind your live rock.? and yes something has to be fueling it
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Oh! and tell us about your filtration

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Let`s remember folks that everyone has the right to post their opinion whether we agree or not. I had to delete some posts because they were not helpful to the OP. Let`s focus on helping the OP out. Thanks for understanding.
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