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post #31 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 03:39 PM
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Heehee, I was wondering the same thing - just found some updates here!
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post #32 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Looks good. Are you purposely letting coraline algae grow on glass w/o cleaning? How are your corals doing? Is that a Duncan I see? What kind of lights do you have over the tank? You have your trumpet coral placed up so high, is it doing well with that much light? Looks like you could use some more surface water movement. What's it like maintaining a nano tank? I'd love to try that, but my husband would and probably have a cow.

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Hey! Ive experimented with different places in the tank for the candy cane ( trumpet). It has colored up the best right here. I have a hob skimmer that moves the surface water pretty well. How would i know if it's not enough? You know im still learning. The lights are t5ho's with leds for the sunrise/sunset effect. I have been lazy with the glass mainly because ive had to fight bryopsis in my tank and im trying my best not to disturb my corals anymore than completely necessary. Also, the magfloat doesnt get it all off lol. What's the best way to get it? That is a duncan up front. He is huge. Has grown like 6 new heads since ive had it lol. I have an ato on the nano because the evap was much more than i anticipated and since inwork 14 hours 3-4 nights a week i was afraid of salinity shifts. Now that ive kinda figured out the needs of my tank, maintaining it isnt too hard at all. The bryopsis is about to drive me crazy though.
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post #33 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 08:20 PM
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Hey! Ive experimented with different places in the tank for the candy cane ( trumpet). It has colored up the best right here. I have a hob skimmer that moves the surface water pretty well. How would i know if it's not enough? You know im still learning. The lights are t5ho's with leds for the sunrise/sunset effect. I have been lazy with the glass mainly because ive had to fight bryopsis in my tank and im trying my best not to disturb my corals anymore than completely necessary. Also, the magfloat doesnt get it all off lol. What's the best way to get it? That is a duncan up front. He is huge. Has grown like 6 new heads since ive had it lol. I have an ato on the nano because the evap was much more than i anticipated and since inwork 14 hours 3-4 nights a week i was afraid of salinity shifts. Now that ive kinda figured out the needs of my tank, maintaining it isnt too hard at all. The bryopsis is about to drive me crazy though.
I've not heard of bryopsis. What is that? I guess you'll know if you don't have enough surface movement if you get a film on top on the water. A powerhead pointed up toward the top will help this, but maybe it's not necessary. If you're corals are doing good, then let it go. I use a straight edge razor to scrape off coraline - it works well. Sounds like it's coming along well :)

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post #34 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 08:27 PM
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Can you borrow\rent a sea hare from your local fish store? That will clear the bryopsis up right quick.I presume you are already dosing mag?

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Can you borrow\rent a sea hare from your local fish store? That will clear the bryopsis up right quick.I presume you are already dosing mag?
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post #36 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Can you borrow\rent a sea hare from your local fish store? That will clear the bryopsis up right quick.I presume you are already dosing mag?
Im on day 4 of dosing mag. Ive been raising by 100ppm every day but it seems nearly impossible to get/maintain my levels above 1500. Mag disappears quickly in my tank for some reason. I ordered the kent marine mag today because i read somewhere that it is the only mag supplement that will work to kill bryopsis. Idk if that is true but i figured id give it a shot. I was killing it with peroxide and that works really well actually but my birds nest and candy cane are where the bryopsis is and i didnt wanna risk damaging them with the peroxide. Bryopsis is very frustrating. It overtakes so quickly and grows into the crevices of the rock making it impossible to pull out :/
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post #37 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 09:50 PM
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You might want to look into phosphate and nitrate stripping to starve out the bryopsis as well,at the very least the nutrient export will slow it down in growth. If you don't keep your calcium high in ratio to your mag and alk you might get a little precipitation .Just run your calcium and alkalinity a little higher than normal and your magnesium should level off for you after dosing.And as always what ever you do ,do it SLOW.Although I have raised at slightly more than 100 ppm mag in a day when I was doing the same thing. I heard the same thing about tech-M

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You might want to look into phosphate and nitrate stripping to starve out the bryopsis as well,at the very least the nutrient export will slow it down in growth. If you don't keep your calcium high in ratio to your mag and alk you might get a little precipitation .Just run your calcium and alkalinity a little higher than normal and your magnesium should level off for you after dosing.And as always what ever you do ,do it SLOW.Although I have raised at slightly more than 100 ppm mag in a day when I was doing the same thing. I heard the same thing about tech-M
My phosphate and nitrates always read zero with salifert and api. Im sure the bryopsis growth skews that though. I am only feeding 3 days a week now, am drainig the excess liquid from my frozen food, skimming, and doing 1 gallon pwc once a week. My mag is over 1600 right now so ima just keep going like im goin. I have considered using phosban or some other media just in case. Im frustrated cause everything has always read zero :(

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post #39 of 39 Old 11-19-2013, 10:04 PM
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if you have growth in algae\bryopsis the phosphate\nitrate was used in the photosynthesis of its tissue,hence the zero reading. Basically it is a natural biproduct that is there,or "was there". I suppose if I were you I would just add more absorbtion media than I would normally and stay the course of mag saturation. All in good time it will right itself.

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