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post #121 of 436 Old 11-15-2012, 09:26 AM
I'd leave it, until it gets totally unruley on you.
Umm, but man, I'm hoping thats not Bryopsis. Man that looks alot like it.......That would be a bad thing.
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I'd leave it, until it gets totally unruley on you.
Umm, but man, I'm hoping thats not Bryopsis. Man that looks alot like it.......That would be a bad thing.

Yes, I was looking at that last night online. I have not seen a pic that looks really close to this yet (at the same time I have not seen a pic of anything that looks like this). And I cannot see the root system on the rock which is said to form a mat. I should pull a rock out and get a better look.

Also, the middle part, um..the stalk i guess, or Bryopsis is said to be alot larger than the branches, and I dont thank that to be the case, but maybe it is not developed or not.

Ill clean it up this weekend. I know I wont be able to get all of it anyway so there will still be some for the CUC.
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post #123 of 436 Old 11-15-2012, 12:10 PM
Sounds like a plan. You have a good handle on this.
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Sounds like a plan. You have a good handle on this.

Thanks, but im getting scared with everything im reading online. I have read multiple times that this could be the worst thing you can get in a tank as it takes over so fast. And a lot of CUC wont eat it.

My plan is to just throw a filter pad in and scrape it off the glass and pull as much off the rocks as possible. Although I have read that Kents tech M (or something like that) is the only thing that kills it. Raising the Mg to 3000.

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post #125 of 436 Old 11-16-2012, 01:24 PM
Yea, its touch stuff, but your don't have to raise your Mag that high. Just going to 1600 will help. And we are jumping the gun. Let's see what it turns out to be. As I said first time, I still its highly likely its sea grass. For this reason, Bryipsys is a clean water algae.
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post #126 of 436 Old 11-19-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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its been a few days since an update so here we go.

First, I got a 55 gallon drum to store my RODI. It had vinegar in it so minimal cleaning needed. I ran wire channel along a wall in the living room which goes from my kitchen sink to a closet. I used that to hold the output from my RODI so the water runs to the drum in my closet. This is where I will make the salt water I need.


I can not find the test kits I want (red sea pro's) locally so I had to order them. With the holiday I donno if they will be in this week, but I wont consider my Ca or ALK tests accurate until then.

As far as the tank. The 'green weed' is easily scraped off the glass but does not come off the rock so well. I figure one my tank is ready ill add my CUC and see what they think of it. If its no good Ill raise the Mg and go from there. I can move the CUC to my QT if necessary when I do this.

Speaking of ready.... here are my numbers..........what do you think

Ammonia - 0 - .25 (to hard to tell)
nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 10-20
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lmao OMG. So WC, test Ca, Mg and ALK when they come in, then CUC? Is the ammonia OK like that?

Also want to note im moving from Red sea salt to Instant Ocean during this next WC
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post #129 of 436 Old 11-19-2012, 05:51 PM
Take readings again on the Ammonia. Just a sanity check. If its still high, no, you should not add anything yet.
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So. I tested everything again.........twice.......with the new test kits for Mg, Ca and ALK......and.......

pH - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20
Mg - 1280
Ca - 430
Alk- 7.8 dhk or 2.8meql
SG 1.025

Looks like its time for a WC and CUC! And the new kits show that my Ca, Mg and Alk are in line! And 98% of the diatomes are gone

Gonna wait till saturday and add some turbo's, and maybe a fire shrimp. I would also like some hermit crabs.
As far as CUC size, is there any specifc suggestions as to how many of what? I have read alot of different things.

I want to add the CUC first and see what they think about the mystery plant before I move the clowns over. That way if I have to dose Mg the clowns wont have to deal with it.
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