01-12-2009, 12:54 AM
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at first i was sorry that i missed this, then i noticed its almost a year old thread.
You do NOT want to do water changes while your rock is in the tank during the cycling stage. Water changes will just prolong the cycling process. After your tank fully cycles, perform your first water change.
Lights can be left on or off during the cycling stage. Leaving lights on will promote algae growth.
Using RO/DI water from the start will decrease chances of adding nutrients and minerals that algaes feed from. However, alot of foods contain these things that will just promote algae growth so be careful when feeding and pre-rinse your frozen foods in RO water if possible as the water they come in seems to be loaded with phosphates.
Increasing flow is also a good method of keeping algaes away, you can also suck up some of the red slime in a turkey baster or syphon in thin tubing and call it a small water change.
Anyways again this is an OLD thread but i thought i would answer questions incase others are reading this since it was dug up.
Last edited by onefish2fish; 01-12-2009 at 01:03 AM..