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post #11 of 16 Old 08-21-2010, 10:33 PM
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have you tried a complete blackout of the tank since nothing else is in it? tape black trash bags around it and keep the lights off.

what kind of filtration? it may not be your source water but the filter or food you are/were adding.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-22-2010, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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blackouts slow the growth but will not kill or remove it. I've been RO water long enough that tap water reminants should have been removed. I may try the Erythromycin method
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-22-2010, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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might a skimmer help?
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-22-2010, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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i think i'm just gunna give up and empty the tank clean it out and start again
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-25-2010, 05:01 PM
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The answer is nutrient buildup. Excess nutrients leading to algae outbreaks. We need to identify if you want to treat this tank as a marine or a freshwater system. Either will work. But you are currently using freshwater equipment and running a marine salinity level. This makes both types of equipment function below optimal levels at exporting nutrients from the tank.

So, why the 1.015 salinity? What live stock do you intend to keep?
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-26-2010, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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I was keeping figure 8 puffers but i've given them away. I intend to go full salt but want to get rid of this stuff before I risk a loss.
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