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Old 12-29-2015, 11:57 PM   #31
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Can anybody recommend a good water filer to use? Cant really afford RO at the moment

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Old 12-30-2015, 12:00 AM   #32
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I run it in one of the baskets in my wet/dry before it hits the sump , they sell reactors but I just find it easier putting it directly into the wet/dry basket

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Old 12-30-2015, 12:04 AM   #33
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Yeah I'm just a start-up tank... 55gal glass, canister filter uv sterilizer, 2 blowers...nothing special but the fish at the moment.

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Old 12-30-2015, 12:05 AM   #34
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Gonna have to do the mad water Changes.

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Old 12-30-2015, 06:44 AM   #35
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Without ro/di water, you'll never be fully rid of algae. I run all kinds of media on my tank and am stuck using distilled water you can get at walmart for 88 cents. I go back and forth on if I prefer GFO or phosguard and recently started using biopellets to lower the nitrates.
With that said, your actual mechanical filtration will also be key, along with flow through the system. I would be MUCH better off today if there hadn't been a dead zone in the middle of my tank behind my rock work. It is something I have just discovered in the last several months...but it would be years of build up. Filter socks to pull gunk like this out of the water column without letting it settle is key to preventing things from going badly and turning into an 'old tank syndrome' crash scenario.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:22 PM   #36
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Well someone recommended letting the cyano run crazy and it would "smother" the hair algea. This as crazy as it sounds is actually working.

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It is the same as turning off the lights. This is starving them of their food source.
That said, you'll still need to address the nutrients in the water column that is feeding both things.


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And maybe a couple Urchins, they love to eat algae, but probably after the Cyano is treated (and you get the phos, tank parameter swings and other issues under control). They can be supplemented with pieces of Nori sheets when the algae is gone. And they are awesome looking. Glad you are finding some solutions.
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Old 01-13-2016, 01:42 AM   #39
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Yeah acclimating new fish is not good at the moment, although my LFS said it would be OK. I got a sweet goby and 2 damsel's, only 1 of the damsel's lived. I was sad.

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I have found the miracle!!! Its a new easy to use all fish and reef safe chemical by underwater creations called "Vibrant". It is amazing

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