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Old 12-18-2012, 04:40 PM   #191
 
wow, I just read this whole thread, and it was so interesting! I can't want to see how it all goes. I'm close to starting my own Saltwater tank, so it's great to see someone post everything step by step like this, and it's great that youre getting so much help in return.

best of luck!
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #192
 
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wow, I just read this whole thread, and it was so interesting! I can't want to see how it all goes. I'm close to starting my own Saltwater tank, so it's great to see someone post everything step by step like this, and it's great that youre getting so much help in return.

best of luck!
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No problem. Take your time, research and ask questions. As you can see Ill ask everything even if i think i know the answer. Helps me track what Im doing and think things through before I do them. Also lets me vent when I have issues because everyone here is great and will listen
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #193
 
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Here is what I got algea wise:

Not sure what this is. Its growing on a piece of LR from the LFS I used to seed



Red and green fuzzies here. Also a piece of LR. This pice may have caused the bryopisis (which is still going strong). The bubbles are not algea. I took these pics when I was installing the ATO so there where alot of microbubbles on everything.



Fuzzy like stuff here. Not sure if its more hair algea starting to grow or something else. Same rock as the first pic



again the same rock. Close up of dark green stuff.



Gas pockets in my sand. Snails do stir it up a little, but there is green growing around it. Its a little greener in real life the pic drowns it out. Its not a DSB. Its about 2 - 3 inches. You can also see the bryopsis growing on the glass.

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Old 12-18-2012, 08:56 PM   #194
 
HOLY CRAP!! Man you got alot going on there. Cotton Candy Algae, Hair Algae, Bryopsis. YIKES.
Well, if that MAG treatment doesn't work.......Not much else I got for you besides nuking the tank. But with all that Algae, somehings wrong with your test kit, because your Phosphates are high.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:06 PM   #195
 
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I just checked and didnt add. Phosphates are at 0 from what I can tell. Its not a new kit, but its about a year or so old API SW/FW kit. And i made sure I used the SW card lol. I can buy another kit if necessary. Nitrates were a bit high though. Almost 10ppm.

RO/DI still pumping out 0TDS.

What do you think i should do. I realized something was wrong late last week this all kind showed up at once. The Mg treatment is not helping. I didnt even include a pic of what the actual bryopsis is like.

What excatly do i need to do to nuke..........
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #196
 
Umm. This one is now out of my realm. All the stuff i've thrown at you has worked in the past with everyones tank. Nitrates at 10 are nothing. I keep mine under 30. If you have Cotton Candy Algae and Hair Algae growing, there are Phosphates in that tank. Don't know where they are coming from, but they are there.
When I say NUKE, I mean its gotta be broken down, scrubbed out, the Rock either cooked in the oven or boiled to kill everything on it, thus making it dead rock, although believe it or not it will not kill everything.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:22 PM   #197
 
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Well good news is that this stuff in the pics (besides the sand and the bryposis) are on the LR I got from the LFS. I can pull them out ASAP and toss them if necessary.

I can prep for a WC now and do one tomorrow. And also get a Phosphate test kit to be sure.

I can take out the rock with the majority of the bryposis and do a peroxide dip. and continue the Mg for another week or so. There are mixed reviews online so im willing to give that another few weeks.

Now, since the algea is not on the marco rock, but the LR is sitting on the marco rock, this is not a 100% fix but if I can insure the phosphates are 0 and remove those rocks is this a good plan? Or is a nuke still suggested?

If i need to nuke its not going to happen for a while. A rock flew off a truck and cracked my winshield yesterday and the state is after me for taxes even though I paid them so Im not having a good week. This is the last thing I wanted

edit : good thing to note is this started when I added the Mg and removed the chemi pure and purigen because i did not want it to remove the trace elements from the kents tech M that apparently kill the bryopsis.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:24 PM   #198
 
Ok, if you think you can get those rocks out and just nuke them, that'll work.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:04 PM   #199
 
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OK rocks in those pics is out. All am left now is bryopsis, some diatoms and that pic of the sand. Any suggestions there?

I may not add the rocks back. They are a different 'style than the marco and since i really used them to cycle I don’t need them anymore. I assume im taking a good chunk of bacteria out which could cause another cycle if I add livestock right away but I’m not going to do that. If i keep close eye on the parameters I assume ill be ok.

I took out the rock that had most the bryopsis on it out, removed what I could manually, scrubbed it and sprayed it with peroxide. I don’t have enough for a dip. I let it sit for 5 mins, reapplied, and let it sit. I washed it with tap water then rinsed it in RO/DI and put it back in the tank. What’s left has already turned white. Ill let that die off and then do another rock in a day or so
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The Mg definitely helped slow down its growth and limit its spread. No doubt about that. But its not killing everything. This combo should do it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:04 PM   #200
 
Yea, you will be ok with adding the rocks back in slowly. Add one at a time, this will keep your tank from cycling.
To get the rest out, scrape off what you can and use a vacuum to get it all out of the tank. Have some water ready to replace. This, hopefully should set you straight. If it doesn't, theres a bright side to all this....... You get to get a bigger tank so you can keep a Tang in there to eat it. =)
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