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Old 04-17-2015, 08:13 PM   #241
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I'm sorry I'm being such a pain. I don't understand where the nutrients are coming from. I feed the shrimp 3 pellets every other day. I know he poops. There's nothing else in there. And the skimmer has been going full blast. Maybe I should go back to chemistry class. Just to think of it, I never took chemistry.
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Old 04-17-2015, 08:36 PM   #242
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These could be nutrients left over from the original cycle if the water change wasn't large enough. There are many factors that could be in play here that we are missing.
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Then, I really don't know what to do. Apparently, the chemists don't know either. Well, it can't get any worse, so I'll try one suggestion after another until the stuff starts growing across the floor. At least there are no corals or fish in there. Thanks anyway.
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well if there is only the shrimp in there, maybe just let it run it's coarse and see what happens?
it may simply die out on it's own.


I know that when it came to diatoms I just let it go and they died out after a while.
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If only it could be so easy sometimes. I have algae issues in my reef tank that I simply can't solve. I'm switching over from my redneck refugium to a DIY turf scrubber to see if that is any assistance.
But, if I were in your shoes and feel that progress isn't being made I would step back and think about what was going on. What all feeds these things? One thing is light. So turn the lights off. Then I'd siphon the stuff out during a water change through a lengthy period of darkness. Dinos are supposed to be toxic, so there would be lots of carbon run in the tank.
That is my simple start at it. Have we tried rinsing the rock in the tank in old tank water yet to see if anything comes out of it? Might be nutrients leaching in from it?
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:40 PM   #246
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Thanks, PB. Your suggestion is appreciated. That's basicly what I'm going to do.
Sniperhank: Decided to go lights out for 3-5 days. I topped up with ro/di water and will cover the tank. I've also ordered Chemi-Pure Elite. Will put that in the overflow of the skimmer. Already scrubbed the rocks today and the stuff grew back in two hours. Am going to scrub again before lights out and net out all the floating gunk. When I turn the lights back on, I will do a 50% water change and a 4 hour light schedule for 2 weeks. If this doesn't work, then we'll go from there.
I can't take the rocks out as I glued all 40 or so lbs together. Never thought something like this would happen.
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Yeah, that is understandable. Chemi-pure elite is a great product...I just wish it fit in my reactor better. Either way, a plan in the right direction. Dinos can be frustrating from what I hear.

EDIT: Have we thought about switching up foods too? Flake and pellet are all phosphate sinks when compared to rinsed frozen foods. Just an out of the box thought for 3 pellets for one shrimp.
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I've been using Chemi-Pure Elite for 2 years with success. We'll see if it will help this problem, whatever it is.
I try not to feed anything but frozen, but he's such a little shrimp. When I feed the reef frozen, sometimes I dribble some in there for him. Thought this would foul the tank worse than 3 pellets.
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Still, we're talking about minuscule amounts of nutrients...just trying to think outside the box on your issue.
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Good thought. Thanks
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