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Old 12-10-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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Starting to feel a failing grade in FOWLR 101

Starting to feel a failing grade in FOWLR 101... Tanks been up since July. Current livestock:

2 mocha clowns
1 six line
1 anthias
1 algae blenny
1 tiger goby
1 clown goby
CUC, long spine, emerald crab

I had a diatom bloom at the end if the cycle. What how when why is on my sand? More diatoms, cyano, dirt lol? Params are butter, 10% weekly PWC, I use RODI from a 5 stage from BRS. Do I need a bigger CUC, more flow, less of "X" and more of "Y"? Thoughts, ideas, suggestions??



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Old 12-10-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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Looks like diatoms to me. A conch would help that look beautiful again. I know I'm always suggesting conchs, but they really are great at keeping sand clean. I think they're under-utilized. You'd only need 1, BTW.
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+1 on the conch and maybe some increased flow. What are you using for flow?
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:52 PM   #5
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+1 diatom.... What does your feeding schedule look like? Flow will not affect diatom as it would cyano this is definitely a diatom bloom
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How many diatom blooms can a tank see? I thought they were a sign of the end of a cycle and what consumed silicates in the substrate?
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Yea well it's very easy to cause your tank to start a mini cycle
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So if my feeding has been the same (1/4 cube of frozen shrimp and some pellets) every other day, and water changes the same, what would cause a mini cycle?
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What have you added to your tank since your cycle?
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:10 PM   #10
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Well it cycled 5 months ago. I haven't added a fish for probably 2 months... The last thing I added was an emerald crab the end of November
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