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Old 10-04-2013, 07:10 PM   #11
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This won't effect the fish will it?
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #12
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Yes it can. I would put your fish in a small 10g tank or a clean bucket with some of the current water in the tank.

Do the water change like I said before and when the salt level and temp are equal to the bad water they should be good. Still run the risk of ph shock but I think its better than nitrates that high.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:02 AM   #13
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Cheers need to do something it's made my tank a horrible thing to look at and it only took 3 weeks to get like this

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:22 AM   #14
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Is this pic really your tank?

What are you using for nutrient export? Do you have a skimmer or a refugium?

How long do you run your lights per day?

What exactly are your nitrates / phosphates at?

How long do you run your lights per day?

Do you have a clean up crew?



My first piece of advice would be to do as much manual removal as humanly possible. Pull the rocks out, scrub them clean in a small bucket of tank water, and then rinse them with more tank water. All of this needs to be done outside of the tank. After that we can start to look at other control methods
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Yea thats bad looking. Im guessing the high levels of nitrate are helping this. 3 steps to help get this started.

STEP 1

Make sure lights are on for a max of 8 hours a day and cover the nearby window to the left of your tank. We need to control the lighting so the algea cant grow as much.

STEP 2

Remove fish and corals and place in bucket A with tank water. Remove rocks and place in bucket B with tank water and scrub all that junk off there and rinse em good. Also clean inside of tank including sifting the sand to remove algea growth.

STEP 3

Drain your tank down to 20% then add 10 to 20% and remove back down to 20%. Do this a few times to make sure all that nitrate is gone then fill her back up and put everything back.


WARNING

It is very important that your filter is not touched, looses water or anything to mess with it. While the above steps will solve your tanks algea and nitrate issues it will also fully destroy your biofilter inside the tank leaving only you normal filter left to handle your nitrogen cycle. You should buy and use or take a water sample to you LFS every 3 days for the first 12 days or so to make sure your not getting any chemical spikes that will harm your fish.
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