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Old 12-09-2003, 10:26 PM   #11
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My opinion... most important water quality. second Lighting, third Trace Elements. When you stated that they were reg flourescents, does that mean just one of those strip lights that comes with a hood? or you mean nothing too fancy but suitable?

In other words I agree with Timbo and what he said.


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Old 12-09-2003, 10:38 PM   #12
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Not to uhhh belabor the point but mine is doing a white peel looking type thing too and I know it is NOT the lighting... I also think my water quality is good based soley on the fact I have little white "bugs" running all over my glass and rock.. I would think if the water quality was bad things I have to put my nose to the glass to see would not be flurshing (and they are everywhere almost making the water cloudy) what else do you guys think it COULD be??? I just didn't want to start another thread do I am here but I know I have a little different situation than others in this thread... Sorry still a newb and learing the etequite..
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Old 12-09-2003, 10:43 PM   #13
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Response to DOAN. are you getting good airation and water movement with at least 2 powerheads plus your filter? sometimes things just cant breathe. im just thinking of things besides elements, quality or lighting

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Old 12-09-2003, 10:58 PM   #14
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Haaaa Dela I am posting and watching Tivo Too It was the coolest thing in my house prior to the fishtank.... I have a filter and 2 pwrheads going.. I am kinda just thinking that that is where the rock died when I put it in that I could see and after a few days what was not foaming on night one also showed up as dead and that is what I am seeing now.... I am just gonna kinda ride it I think....and see what happens...(till you see my panicked post tommrow )
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Old 12-09-2003, 11:10 PM   #15
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Yes i have the regular flourescent lights taht came with the fish tank. I do not have a film, its just that the rocks that have growth turn white, leaving the rock bare.
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Old 12-09-2003, 11:38 PM   #16
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fo8squad, I recommend getting new lights , or adding something on. This is the biggest decision you are going to have to make. I dont know if you know this all already. But when you add lights TO help Growth of Coraline algae ( the purple stuff!) you can also grow many other types of algae. Next thing you know you are spening tons of money on supplements and ro units and whatever. Then again You might be able to sustain the needed biofiltration without the extra light. TOns of info on this scattered around.

Here is a link for Power Compact lights from captive reefs. These are what I use. I have retro fit kits. For a 40 gallon tank? your light wattage depends on what you're looking for
http://www.captivereefs.com/captiver...asp?CatID=ltpc
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Old 12-10-2003, 12:06 AM   #17
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Although you can have coraline (lots of colors), you will prolly do best with readings such as:

CA = 400 - 450
Alk = 4.0 - 4.5 Dkh
PH = 8.0 - 8.4
Temp = 80 - 84
NO3 = -10 meg/L

There are others, I dose Iodide and >>>>Oceans Blend<<<< 2 part solution.... This keeps everything in the right params...

I also have a 4X96 watt PC, with 2 - Actinic and 2 - 10,000K bulbs on a 55 gal...Plenty of light..

Coraline is growing now pretty good.. I never got the bleaching effect on mine, it just didn't take off until about 3 months ago and this tank has been up for a year....

Don't get discouraged, if maintained well, it will return without fail...

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Old 12-10-2003, 10:34 AM   #18
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Rcok turning white

great to read all the feedback, I am pretty sure the white is the coraline dying off. This is the worst rock I have ever purchased. If I dont get my money back, I will let everyone know where it came from so you dont make the same mistake as me.
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