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Old 10-09-2006, 11:39 AM   #11
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If its diatoms, they will go away on their own if you just be patient with them. A few more weeks and they will dissapear.
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It is time to change out the light tube for one more designed for our purposes. The gratis light that comes with the fixture is a full spectrum tube. It will simulate the light color comparable to surface or shallow water; think about marsh lands and bog lands. There is way too much red spectrum.
The animals we are attempting to keep are not used to that much red spectrum. Where they are found is about 20-40 ft deep. Water filters light. At that depth, there is very little red with lots of blue. Look for a tube that has at least half of its phosphors dedicated to blue. URI, now known as UV Lighting makes a tube called Actinic White. This tube also has a built in reflector; forcing more light into the tank.
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I will take a pic when I get home tonight.

A buddy of mine told me it's normal for a SW tank. Says it's part of the cycling process. It is ONLY on the live rock, and is turning the rock a golden color. Says it should start turning to green algae shortly. ????

I dunno, I'm a noob. Though I agree with you on the bulb. I need to switch it out for something better.

Should I throw a couple turbo snails and maybe an emerald crab in there now?

Like I said, I currently only have the damsel in the tank which seems very happy. I feed once a day in the morning, with a light cycle of approx. 14 hours of light, then a lunar LED lamp for the night time.
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I would post your water tests, here, before adding anything else that is living.
I would also reduce the lighting to about 8-10 hours and feed every other day. BTW, what are you feeding?
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Feed every other day really?

Wow. Ok np.

As for food, feeding TetraMarine Marine Flakes.
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Yup, every other day. I believe it is better for the fish. I have noticed my damsels eating algae off the glass, so they are able to survive. I also like to feed mine flakes, and then the next feeding, I give them mysis/brine soaked in selcon/zoe/garlic. Variety is the spice of life, so they say....
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:28 PM   #17
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I agree that 14 hrs is a bit too much. I run mine 12 hrs but for you during this time I would cut back to 10 hrs. Been feeding my tank every other day for 9 yrs now. Your fish will be OK and you`ll starve the bad algea out of your tank.
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Every other day it is then!

And I'll cut the light back to 10hrs.
Thanks again guys

I just wanted to post my water tests for you guys.

PH 8.6
ALK 0-1.6
NH3/NH4 0.25
NO3 5.0
NO2 0.05

Thanks for the help guys!

I also picked up a 10K bulb for the tank.
Everything looks good, so I'll add a couple snails and hermit crabs something this week.
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