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Old 10-23-2012, 10:51 PM   #11
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How large of a tank?
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:55 PM   #12
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Its a 60 gallon tank
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:41 AM   #13
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How often are you doing water changes and how much?
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:28 PM   #14
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I been changing the filter and the water every other week because my nitrates seem to always slide towards 40ppm according to the easy strips. I usually change 15 gallons but today i did a 18 gallon water change.

I know i need the skimmer asap to keep the nitrates down.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:05 AM   #15
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[QUOTE="nightryder1405"]I been changing the filter and the water every other week because my nitrates seem to always slide towards 40ppm according to the easy strips. I usually change 15 gallons but today i did a 18 gallon water change.

I know i need the skimmer asap to keep the nitrates down.[/

In order for Green algae to grow it has to have a few things present: light, nitrate, phosphate and carbon dioxide.

Green Hair Algae can be caused by excess Dissolved Organic Carbons or DOC’s in the water, poor filtration, or using tap water or well water to top off with. If it were me, I would make sure to use RO/DI water for water changes as well as top off, cut back feeding if you haven't already, be sure to blow off rocks and top of sand before water changes so you can get all the waste you can out, and make sure your bulbs are good as well as maybe cut back on light some until you can get rid of it. You may want to think about buying something to absorb the phosphates and nitrates and put it in your filter. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't eliminate the source of the problem however it may help it keep from getting out of control for now.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:28 AM   #16
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I been using RO water for water changes, not sure if u read the earlier posts but i been feeding every other day alternating between flakes mysis and cyclopeeze. I usually dont blow off the rocks or sand. I fig my diamond goby pretty much takes care of the sand since he rearranges it daily. As for filtration i have the emperor 400 so i can run carbon. Im workin on getting a new light. I picked up 2 more big turbo snails and they seem to have helped but there is one patch they didnt touch yet.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:56 AM   #17
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I been using RO water for water changes, not sure if u read the earlier posts but i been feeding every other day alternating between flakes mysis and cyclopeeze. I usually dont blow off the rocks or sand. I fig my diamond goby pretty much takes care of the sand since he rearranges it daily. As for filtration i have the emperor 400 so i can run carbon. Im workin on getting a new light. I picked up 2 more big turbo snails and they seem to have helped but there is one patch they didnt touch yet.
It sounds like you are doing things right. As long as you keep your nitrates and phosphates down you should be able to get rid of it. It takes a little time but it will go away!
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:30 AM   #18
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first of all I would recommend a real test kit but thats me
I don't trust stupid strips
cut back your feedings to every other day
rinse frozen food since it full of phosphates 1/2 cube is plenty

25% water change weekly till tank clears up

than you can go back to your bi weekly water changes
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:06 PM   #19
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I do use half a cube, usually i let it defrost in a cup of the tank water and then just poor it into the tank. Thank you for all the advice.
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Let it defrost then rinse it in RODI. The frozen water is full of phosphates. Stick it a fine mesh net and rinse it with the RODI.
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