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Algae just won’t go away

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2 minutes ago, tprize said:

Do I run it 24 hours?

Yeah I would although im not sure how well that UV you bought is gonna do 😕 I hope it works 

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Update: https://photos.app.goo.gl/e1KT1fVE1V86SQcQ6

Things are looking better, way better. So how do I balance how much filtration I do, so I don’t end up at zero everything causing another breakout?

What  I’m thinking

Chamber 1L  Nano tech Bio Spheres, for increased biological filtration capacity.

Chamber 2L skimmer

Chamber 1R  Filter floss, Carbon, Purigen

Chamber 2R Refugium Cheato

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Looking a lot better T!  Kinda hard to tell with the LED strobing but def looks like you made some headway.  Congrats.  

As far as your chambers go I think that sounds okay.  You just need to measure your nitrates and phosphates now...and once you get all that filtration changes done, measure them weekly for a month or so.  That way you can tell what your feeding habits and filtration do for them.  The bio spheres are a good way to increase bacterial surface area but will take time to build up.  That is why you test weekly so you can see their usefulness.  Keep us posted!

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yeah looks like you have made a lot of headway.  keep it going T!  just monitor nutrients and feeding and hopefully you can keep it at bay going forward

 

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Thanks, I'm thinking I may start to reintroduce some new corals or fish black friday, if any of the local stores have some sales. I'm a bit nervous still, but I think I'm in the home stretch.

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Well, it’s back. I’m going to try the Magnesium technique, and will be testing daily. I will let you know how it goes. The goal of this technique is to get Mag to 1500-1600 for 2-3 weeks.

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So did a water test with new kits, I did not realize my old kits were expired, by quite some time.  Here are my parameters

Calcium 300

Phophate 0.25 ppm

DKH=6 or KH 107.4

Nitrate 80 ppm

PH 8.0

Ammonia 0 ppm

Nitrite 0 ppm

So looks like I need to get somethings under control, but I'm confused how Nitrites could be 0 with such a high Nitrate level.  Any suggestions on how to get everything in balance would be appreciated. 

 

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Wow 80 ppm is quite high.  How large is the tank again?  I would look at doing 25% water changes 2x per week with heated water to match your tank.  Will take a couple weeks at that amount but would be safest on corals and livestock.  

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Oh yeah the lagoon.  I have one too.  Did you put the nano spheres in to the system?

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I did, but I’m thinking of change the filters up to a more basic setup:

Chamber L1  Floss -Phosnet

Chamber L2 Skimmer

Chamber R1 Floss -  Carbon

Chamber R2 Nano Spheres - replaces Refugium that does not seem to be growing much at all.

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I have a bunch of questions..

1. what test kit are you using. 

2. What salt are you using 

3. What do you have in the tank?

4. What is your salinity as i did not see this. 

These will all help to understand how it is possible to have your parameters so far out of wack. 

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Test Kit: API

Salt: Red Sea Coral Pro- 3-4 years old

Inhabitants 2x ocellaris clown, Valentin puffer, Flame tail Blenny, various softies, mushrooms, GSP

Salinity 1.025

Temp 78

 

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I would consider getting salifert test kits.  A lot more accurate.  Although 80ppm is quite high and imagine water changes are in order...API lots usually have a variable range of accuaracy.  Your nitrates may be 60...they may be 100.  Salifert or Nyos or Giesseman all would be great choices...although I suspect Salifert makes them all anyway.

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I would suggest an entire new test kit and something is seriously wrong with your salt.  Red sea pro mixes at 11 to 12dkh and 450ppm calcium. If your parameters are truly 300cal and 6dkh alk then you have major issues and this will starve coral as well as create problems with algae. But you say you do all these water changes so i would look to your local LFS to double check the testing and replace your salt. Invest in a good and new test kit as this is the only way you can know what is going on and how to correct a problem.  

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I’ll didn’t think of taking it in to have my water tested independently. I’ll do that and report back.

Should I just test the tank water, or also my water change water to ensure it’s not my water source?

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Just to add to the others (and reaffirm), I'd do larger water changes until your nitrates are down, and also dose alk to get that upcloser to the 8-9 range. Both of those will have a positive effect on algae and coral health.

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When was the last time you cleaned your water mixing container? Do you have a ato? May need to clean that container also if you have one. Sometimes we forget to clean them and nitrates can build up in them. Test the water in those containers before putting it in your tank.

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