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Old 01-09-2012, 01:02 PM   #21
 
Well ive been doing water changes more often and cleaning the glass, but the green film keeps coming back. Would adding a skimmer help with the algea, by removing nutrients? If this will help I also need to know if anyone has suggestions for a hang on type skimmer, as I do not have a sump. I have considered trying to build a hang on skimmer out of PVC.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:15 PM   #22
 
SKimmer would help out some, but unless you start using RO/DI water, its not going to help alot. Need GFO or a phosphate remover.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:04 AM   #23
 
i stated buying RO water at the LFS right after i posted this thread
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:23 AM   #24
 
Ok, so we don't know that the TDS is on the RO water your getting. We have to know your phosphate levels, or we are just shooting inthe dark. These are your altenatives here, skimmer and GFO. Run a phosphate remover until your sytem is clear, then you should be able to remove it until the next issue. But yes, the skimmer will remove excess nutrients before they become an issues. Double your water volume.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:07 PM   #25
 
I test phosphates with the API kit and it is showing to be less than 25ppm
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:08 PM   #26
 
thats tank water not the new water. ill try testing the new water this week when i get
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:49 PM   #27
 
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I test phosphates with the API kit and it is showing to be less than 25ppm
Welp, there we have it. 25ppm is huge as far as phosphates goes. we get those down to noghting and you wwil be all set.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #28
 
i meant 0.25ppm. of course these API tests are easy to run, but im not sure they are real acurate to read
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:53 AM   #29
 
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i meant 0.25ppm. of course these API tests are easy to run, but im not sure they are real acurate to read
Yes, I knew what reading you were getting at. And that number is HUGE for phosphates.
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