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Old 11-29-2013, 06:08 PM   #81
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I took a sample of my water to LFS for testing and they used test strips instead of liquid test. I guess my test was off or hard to read. Next I am going to add sand and then let the tank stabilize. Then I will add a pair of clowns.
Why wouldn't you have cycled it with the sand ?
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:07 PM   #82
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #83
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Coralean has started growing!! I thought it was leftover diatoms which hadn't completely died off, but after looking closer it is purple!!
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Old 12-04-2013, 03:30 PM   #84
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Coralean has started growing!! I thought it was leftover diatoms which hadn't completely died off, but after looking closer it is purple!!
Are you sure it's not cyano? Coralline shouldn't be growing in a setup that new. Got any pics?
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:02 PM   #85
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:22 PM   #86
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I don't think that's coralline algae .
You will know when you do , it's very bright , VERY hard encrusted on everything .
Normally it takes a long time and even with seeding your tank with scrapings from someone else's tank .
I had a bunch on the back and on some rocks but my urchin are most of it .
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #87
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I read that cyano grows in low flow areas. I might adjust my hydro evolution to point where the growth is strongest.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:09 PM   #88
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Try blowing it off the rocks with a turkey baster Cyano will come right off
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:18 PM   #89
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Cyano is a bacteria .
Also referred to as red , red / green slime algae .
High nutrients , poor lights are the biggest cause .
I just read a article in I love reefing . Com
There are 1000's of different species ,
I had a problem awhile ago and found my cause .
I was using municipal water ,
Phosphates , nitrate and other nutrients are the cause .
I started using RODI water and the cayno disappeared .
Check your water quality ,
You may not get positive readings for phosphates but they are there .
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:20 PM   #90
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Phosphates are absorbed into the rocks , sand and stay there .
Creating high nutrient levels making cayno grow .
As long as there is bacteria eating other bacteria they can't be tested .
Think of it this way .
The nitrogen cycle .
Ammonia is introduced . Always in our tanks but converted into nitrites then to nitrates .
One bacteria eating another .
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