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Old 12-24-2015, 07:01 PM   #11
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2 clowns
1 chocolate star
Few snails and hermit crabs
1 peppermint shrimp (somewhere)
Used the original sand, believe it's a year old

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And tap water for now, I use start rite when mixing and I let it mix for at least 24 hrs

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Old 12-24-2015, 07:02 PM   #12
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The very top pic is what it looks like now...for now

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Old 12-25-2015, 02:01 AM   #13
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Tap water could be the major issue... I started my first tank with tap water and battled hair algae fer days...actually the entire time it was setup. As one of the previous posts mentioned lighting also can be a cause for cyano... What kind of lighting do you have and how long do you leave it on?


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Old 12-25-2015, 02:23 PM   #14
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How much are you feeding? Only real way to battle this big of an outbreak is lots of big wcs (using ro/do, or at least distilled) and manual removal. Basically your putting to many nutrients into the system and not exporting near enough, which is why I asked about your feeding schedule.


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I did a lengthy post about nutrient removal last night and my phone crashed. I'll sum it up and there are two articles in my signature about battling algae.
Tap and even distilled are bringing in the nutrients that aren't helping things. As a reefer currently stuck using distilled water, you will have algae in your tank.
When it comes to tap, primes and dechlorinators aren't changing what is in the water to make it ok for the fish. What we put in to be good for us isn't always good for fish. That doesn't even talk about the nitrates and phosphates that are a main cause of algae. That and your tap water can change! Back in 96 we had a flood and our water hasn't been the same since. Same can go for even a heavy rain.


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How much are you feeding? Only real way to battle this big of an outbreak is lots of big wcs (using ro/do, or at least distilled) and manual removal. Basically your putting to many nutrients into the system and not exporting near enough, which is why I asked about your feeding schedule.


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I feed 2 little pintches a day and frozen brine shrimp 2-3 times per week (apx. 12-15) my lighting is 2 T8 one "white" one "blue"

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Old 12-26-2015, 01:42 PM   #17
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Get that Phosphate test kit. I don't care if your using tap water, running carbon and GFO or Lanthamum on the system can remove the nasty crap from the water.
T8 lamps makes me curious. how old is the lighting? Whats the Kelvin range on the lamps?
How big is your skimmer?
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I am using a aqua something canister filter with built in uv sterilizer and Skimmer attachment. Bulbs are maybe 8 months old. My tank is a 55 gal, I was told Skimmer wasn't really necessary. Was I misinformed?

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I will check kelvins when I get home.

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Skimmer isn't 100% necessary no.... However as Big Red said WC... Which will then be even more crucial.


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