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Old 04-29-2011, 02:30 PM   #11
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Well, I did my water change this morning, siphoned up as much of the red stuff off the substrate as I could, which is not easy since it's on cc. Still some some hairs of it floating on it, but best I could do. Also scrubbed the LR that had small amounts on it and siphoned as I scrubbed. Also stirred up the cc substrate as I siphoned, it's only 1" deep so I'm not too worried up dredging up anything too toxic.

Tank looks so clear right now. Tests turned out great too, finally hit 0.0 on my nitrates, first time since I've put it up. My calcium is on the rise, up to 420. I attribute that to switching to Oceanic from IO. my calcium was always 360 with IO, but I tested a fresh batch of the Oceanic before putting it in the tank and it was at 460! So it's been gradually raising my levels. dKh is at 11 (196 ppm) but my PH is down to 7.8. Might have to get something to bring that up.

Corals look fully opened and happy, hermies are walking around. Might go get my first fish today. Also saw a single head of a duncan yesterday at Pet World, so might go get that too!

My cat Simon loves watching the hermits. Like a TV show for him. Wait until I put a fish in there, he's gonna go nuts!

Will keep at the cyano in the meantime.
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0 nitrites? you need a pretty good set up to get 0 nitrates I think
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:33 PM   #14
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Are you using tap water or RO? Tap water is a lot of times a contributer to algae problems.
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0 nitrites? you need a pretty good set up to get 0 nitrates I think
my nitrates are 0 constantly
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:20 PM   #16
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Yea, 0 nitrates! Like I said, first time since I've had the tank up. Been whittling them down from the day I've filled it with water. I did use tap water filtered by a PUR filter, thinking that would be good enough, but my nitrates started at 80. When I measured the tap water, it was somewhere between 60-80, so since then I've bought RO water from the store.
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Do you dose anything? That is what causes mine. I can not dose anything or cyano follows.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:28 PM   #18
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No Bige, haven't added anything to the water. I just can't seem to figure out what the cause of its continued growth is. It's not out of control, but what is the biggest mystery is that it grows BEST where the water flow is the greatest. Odd is all I can say.
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Just add red slime remover, it does a great job. I used it about a year when I had an outbreak. Make sure your lights are not on too long, and you are not overfeeding!
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What do you use to mix your saltwater in? A rubbermaid? or similar?
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