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Old 10-09-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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I need help with my 6 month old tank

Ive had my LR(55 lbs) for over 6 months now and I dont think its curing. I have 4 damsels. A redsea Prizm skimmer, one powerhead, and penguin biowheel. My tank just hasnt developed at all. My fish seem perfectly happy and healthy but I feel like im doing a bad job with this tank(i have been slacking on the water changes, and top off, which is every other day!). Any suggestions, this is my first sw tank.

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I do have some purple scattered about and some vertical growing fungus looking stuff.

Also Ive always had a lot of "dust" all over the rock, ive tried vaccuming, it doesnt do a whole lot.

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Old 10-09-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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up close:

It looks way better on camera for some reason, its more bland in person
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Can you get us your results for ammonia, nitrItes, nitrAtes and salinity? I would top that bad boy of with some FW. I don't see any fish in there. What kind of damsels do you have?
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:18 PM   #4
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Looks like diatoms. I think you know why you are having problems.
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There is probably nothing better for a tank than a partial water change. Being your tank is still "new", this isn't a good time to be slack on tank maintenance. You don't want things to get out of control since bad things can happen fast in an immature tank.

As mentioned above, post your water parameters. What kind of water are you using when you do water changes? What water for top offs?
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:26 PM   #5
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KH= 240
Nitrite= 0
Nitrate=80 i had a fish die from being attacked, i think that raised this
salinity=1.023

Fresh water(tap) for the top off, I leave it out over night and then treat it with tap conditioner.
I had just turned the lights on so everybody was hanging out in there hiding spots. I have two blue damsels and two black and white three striped damsels.
no ammonia reading
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So you are just using regular tapwater?
If so, that more than likely is the problem along with the high nitrates.
Diatoms thrive on high silicate levels and depending on where you are in NJ, the water out of the tap may not be very good.
I suggest you either get a RO/DI unit for your water or start running GFO to try to bring down the silicates and phosphates. And lots of water changes. 20% every week with good RO water will do wonders.
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How do you run GFO, and where can I get some. I only found one on ebay.
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You can just put the GFO in a mesh bag and place it in your sump, but for best results it should be used in a reactor. I use a Via Poly Reactor.

Bulk Reef Supply sells GFO at a good price.
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I think ccCapt hit the nail on the head. You've still got diatoms from the silica in the tap water.

So, is that a piece of airline tubing stuck in the substrate or the "vertical growing fungus looking stuff"?? If that's a critter than I'm really curious as to what that is!!
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haha, no thats airline tubing from my skimmer(fell off during maintenance)
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