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Old 12-19-2012, 06:56 AM   #201
 
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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. =)

HA! Thats not going to happen for a few years. But the bright side is this tank will look great AT SOME POINT IN 2013!!!!!!! Just gotta keep pushing through...........
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:29 AM   #202
 
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:08 PM   #203
 
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Ugh man, I forgot about the water displacement when removing the rocks. So I removed them and the ATO pumped in about a gallon of water. Then I added the one rock back so now im slightly over my ideal fill line and my salinity may have lowered some.

I need to make sure I turn the ATO of before I mess with things haha.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:48 PM   #204
 
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:08 PM   #205
 
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OK...I did not buy a phosphate test. here is my reason.

API, Nutrifin and Red sea pro all give Ranges. API and Nutrifin go from 0 - the first color at .25 However the ideal amout of phosphates are 0 - .05 and the colors are so close that I cant even tell if its 0 or .25

So yea, its either you have them or you dont. Evidence points to I do, so Im going to add phosguard since i have some. And i messed up again because i put the RO/DI in a bucket and forgot to add Salt! so i cant do a WC until tomorrow.

Sorry, im going a little crazy this week
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:35 PM   #206
 
LOL. No worries. Time will take care of it.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:15 PM   #207
 
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You guys gotta think im insane by now. 21 pages of crazy

Anyway, this is what I did tonight. It is derived from many different pages around the internet so who knows. But if This does not work im gonna have to start over anyway so whats the big deal?

1. Remove Rock
2. Spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto rock, let sit for 5mins.
3. Soak rock in hot water/ H202 mixture for 10 mins.
4. Scrub with coarse brush and toothbrush to remove whatever I can.
5. Rinse with tap water
6. Swish rock around and let it soak for 5 mins in cold RO/DI water.
7. Place rock back into tank

Even though the bryopsis is dead (turns white) its still sticking to the rock and its very very hard to remove. Im hoping it will fall off overnight and my floss will catch it.

I will continue this doing one rock each night, But im only going to do it to the 3-4 rocks that really had the stuff growing on it. Ill then wait and see if it grows back. If it does not, then Ill do the base rocks and middle rocks that showed little to no bryopsis. This will hopefully prevent another cycle. And I will do all this while maintaining 1600+ Mg with the Kents Tech M.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #208
 
Sounds like a plan. Lot of work for Live Rock ain't it.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:14 PM   #209
 
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Sounds like a plan. Lot of work for Live Rock ain't it.
Lol yup.

Lost another snail today. Not sure if it has to do with the Mg, or peroxide, Allthough I rinsed and soaked the rocks I have dipped really well before I put them back in.

I skipped dipping yesterday and Parameters are 100% OK so Im going to continue day by day untill its all dead.

The rocks that have been dipped still have some white strands of bryopsis on them. I cut them down as much as I can. I suppose its OK and it will eventually decompose.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #210
 
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After some more research I have decided to dose the tank with peroxide. I dosed 3ml of peroxide per each 10 gallons of water. So about 30ml. I turned the pumps off and 'injected' the trouble spots directly with peroxide. You can see the algea bubble and some has fell off. Other spots are still nice and green. This stuff is like a super plant.

I have decided my next steps. By the end of this week I will be algea free or I will nuke the tank. Im going to take the rest of the rocks out and do my peroxide dip. It has worked on the other rocks so far. Im going to do 3 rocks on thursday and 2 on saturday. I would like to do a WC on Sunday.

By then I should have no visible green bryopsis. The dead white strands are falling off. I then want to continue with normal water changes to remove the peroxide and get the Mg back to a normal level.

*Question 1* - how quickly can I do these WC's without harming my bacteria. ie, Can I change 10% on Sunday, Tuesday, thursday, Sunday......... until things are normal? Or should I stick to once a week? I figure quick changes will insure nitrates and phosphates are gone, and then I can add my chemipure elite and purigen again.

Once the parameters are stable and Im done with the kents and peroxide I will continue to check for new growth. Since the original growth popped up within a few days, Im sure ill see some growth if anything is alive.

As a side note, I have seen none of that other nasty algea since I removed the LR from the LFS I used to cycle. I think everything was contained with those rocks and once I removed them and added phosguard I was in the clear. Im not sorry I tried LR. I like the experiance and I have learned so much.

I am still losing snails and hermits. Peroxide mix/ tech M is my conclusion as everything else is OK.
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