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Old 06-05-2011, 09:19 PM   #21
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About the fridge I'm not sure I've never done it maybe another member can chime in
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About the fridge I'm not sure I've never done it maybe another member can chime in
Ok thanks. But just confused, ive had the tank running for a while now & diatoms are everywhere. Could it be because ive added over 50 pounds of base rock from reefcleaners, does the rock need to cycle itself?
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Just tested both the filtered water And tap. They both contain nitrates, so possibly both will bring diatoms in. Guess nitrates dont effect my clowns and wrasse, as they have been living in it and my cleaner shrimp couldnt handle it and died after 1 night. Guess i better invest in a ro di before i buy more fish
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I'm sure there was some die off from the rocks, would caused a mini cycle along with the diatoms in response to the change in water quality.
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I'm sure there was some die off from the rocks, would caused a mini cycle along with the diatoms in response to the change in water quality.
Ok that explains the random diatom bloom. I let the base rocks sit in a big tub of warm water before i put them in but this seems reasonable.
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Just tested both the filtered water And tap. They both contain nitrates, so possibly both will bring diatoms in. Guess nitrates dont effect my clowns and wrasse, as they have been living in it and my cleaner shrimp couldnt handle it and died after 1 night. Guess i better invest in a ro di before i buy more fish
my local tap water contains a high amount of nitrates and phosphates thats why i dont use it yea getting an ro/di or even an ro unit is a good investment they sell them real cheap on ebay
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also you might have a hair algae problem down the road if you continue to use tap water it could have alot of phosphates in it
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also you might have a hair algae problem down the road if you continue to use tap water it could have alot of phosphates in it
Is hair algae the kind of algae that looks like grass?

And could u link me to a good cheap ro unit, that isnt a generic kind that will stop working in 3 months. I dont trust ebay and havent used it in a while anymore after getting ripped off for more than $200.
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Yup can make this hobby a pain overnight
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How can i get rid of the hair algae, i bought some live rock with some on it. I thought it was cool and didnt pay any more attention to it.
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