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Old 05-08-2005, 06:46 PM   #1
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Wierd algea of death HELP!

Ok, everything has been fine in my tank for 5 months until i got cyano. I treated it and killed it and it was gone for 1 week until the water became greenish. I thought the glass got dirty quick so i cleaned it but it didn't do anything. LFS told me it was suspended algea and gave me "It's Clear". Its working, but the algea grows back so quick. Then i got the phos fix sponge and all it does is stay the same.

this has happened for a week now. I use ro/di water and purified water for topoffs. What is making phosphate jump so quickly. If it shouldn't be phosphate, i do run all lights in my tank for 10 hours.

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btw, all water parameters are fine except for phosphate
so i guess the new question is, is that too much lighting, which is 5 watts per gallon
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Lighting is probably not your problem. I've got 8 wpg on for 12 hour lighting cycle. Phosphates are gonna probably be your cause. I just recently added a Phosban Reactor to my tank but haven't had it going long enough to really judge whether this is a good product or not. http://www.twolittlefishies.com/tlf_...html?lang_id=1
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ok, my computer's being a dil, and i cant get to the link. So how much does this phosphate pump cost. Is it a type of filter media? And just out of curiosity, which corals need more than 5 wpg, because ill have to steer away from them. Im still new with the coral thing

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Most places have them for around $35. It is a reactor or fluidized bed type chamber that by moving tank water thru the media slowly extends the contact time and surface contact with the media. I however am not using the Phosban media in mine, I'm using ROWA phos. To answer your question on the lighting ......... I keep a variety of corals including softies, LPS, and SPS.
The high wpg is mostly for the SPS like Bird's Nest Seriatopora, Staghorn, and Acropora.
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What do you feed the animals in your tank/how often and what additives do you use if any?

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I add coral trace elements and i feed enough to cover the fishes' eyes twice a day (although i was feeding much more than that at the beggining of the algea three days ago). I feed 40 drops of Kent Micro-Vert, and also add calcium.

every day i wait for it to clear up, and its still green. im doin everything the lfs says.
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on a side note:

btw, nooooooooooo, not sps corals! So is 5 wpg too low, i do wish to have some of them. I did eventually want cup coral, horn coral, acropora blue, and stylophora eventually. I probably cant get any more lights. Are these out of the question?
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Green water..if you have a uv sterilizer nows the time to crank it up ; )
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you can also do water changes, but I would keep the green water, people feed that to things like brine shrimp, which might be a good way to get rid of it, but I am just guessing here.
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