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Old 04-24-2015, 08:53 PM   #251
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Hello, everyone. The tank has been covered for six days with lights out. I peeked under the blankets tonight with a flashlight and see no Dinos, cyano, or diatoms. I know to continue to hold my breath, as I've heard that this stuff can come back. This is Friday night. I will slowly uncover it with the lights off in the room on Monday. I will not turn the tank lights back on until Tuesday for a short photoperiod. I will keep you all posted on the progress.


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Old 04-24-2015, 09:11 PM   #252
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Glad the blackout is going well. How is the nutrient export going?
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:39 AM   #253
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nothing new added to the tank and removed the shrimp before lights out. have not tested the tank at all this week. when I start removing the blankets tomorrow, I will test for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. is this sufficient, or should I also check phosphates? In the reef, I'd check the whole gambit, but not sure what all is necessary with a FOWLR with no critters.
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I don't worry too much about that stuff in a FOWLR. Nitrates will be a good indicator of what is going on phosphate wise, in a very general way, as it is something like a 10:1 ratio when things decompose.
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:55 PM   #255
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Ok. Started peeling off the blankets tonight and the power went off. Yesterday, when we had a mega storm, I had my generator ready for the tanks. No storm today, so it's stored again. Oh well, that's Florida for you.


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Old 04-28-2015, 08:58 PM   #256
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Blankets off and running lights for 3 hours in the evening. Lights in the living room are kept off all day so the tank is still relatively dark for 21 hours a day. Tank looks beautiful. I am very watchful, though. Am topping up the tank tonight, so I will test for nitrates tomorrow.


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I'd want a reading of nitrates as soon as the blankets are off to see where your levels really are. I'd say phosphates too, but don't recall if you have an accurate test or not.
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Hanna for phosphate and Salifert for nitrate. Will get it for you in a few minutes.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:17 PM   #259
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Ok. Nitrates 10 ppm
Phosphates .03 ppm

Phosphates could be lower 😄 but not by much. I know it needs to be 0. Nitrates look good. What do you think?


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The phosphates are on point. You will never get 0. That is where my reef normally runs at for phosphates. I would only want to see if those nitrates can hit 0 so ensure nothing for that garbage to feed on.
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