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So did the test, all water sources going in are 0ppm tank is still bad

https://photos.app.goo.gl/uzMkbSZNenjadXPA7

Tested salt mix pre water change

DKH: 10 Calc 320

 

also pulled all filters out, and did not realize how much settling happens in the rear chambers. So I went to town turkey basting

https://photos.app.goo.gl/j1dRrDTYcpiA6LZx7

will test again tomorrow, and also try to go by and have Modern Aq...  run a test for me

 

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So had Modern Aquatics run my water

Calcium was 400

DKH was 8.5

Nitrates were 80

so in addition to water changes, he recommended no3 p04 X from red sea

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Newest numbers  +- change from before

Mag: 1280

Calc: 320. +20

Phos 0 -.25

DKH 8 +2

Nitrate 20 -60

PH 8 

Amon 0

Nitirite 0

 

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Looks like you are making some headway for sure.  Good job!  The nitrate spread is quite a bit...what test kit are you using again?

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API, but I'm hoping the Nitrate drop has to do with full rear sump chamber cleaning, new filter media, multiple water changes, reduced (targeted feeding), and daily Red sea NO3/PO4 - X

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Also bring a water sample as the club has test kits for you can use.  Another great benefit of being an INDMAS member!

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Well tests came back nitrates 0 phos 0, so my hope is the green hair algae will start to die out as I starve them. Anything else I should be doing to reduce the algae?

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Manual removal as best as possible, could do lights out for up to 72 hours...and inverts like scarlet red legs, chestnut turbos or red stripe trochus are good at assisting.

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Went on vacation, had someone care for the tank, came back to a trifecta of algae, had the hair algae, now I have some red algae and bright green algae.  I just can’t win.  Going to do tests and a water exchange will report back.  What else should I do? Here is a pic: I need a full court press on this.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wULFtmTNDNXQdchj6

 

 

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Bigger size water change...manual removal and treat with ReefFlux/HD perhaps.  Turn lights off for 72 hours and follow reef HD directions.  Change out all filter socks or filter floss etc 

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Perfect, treatment should be done just in time for frag swap, which is the most important thing.  I hoping there is a system to win, so I can just upgrade.😀

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There sure is!  But I think I'm gonna win that one 

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I've been reading a lot lately on adding the "good" live bacteria and dosing live phyto to help fight algae. Our tanks get "out of balance" bacteria wise with all the filtering we do with skimmers, uv sterilizer, and adding other chemicals and such. One bacteria ends up taking over, consuming, all the others and there is not enough diversity in our tanks for a natural control. We need to regularly dose these things back into our tank, more of a natural way to dealing with algae instead of chemicals all the time. This is something I am currently experimenting with myself. 

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I am using Dr Tim's Eco Balance and I also like Dr Tim's Waste Away. Don't add them at same time. Wait a week or so apart. Follow direction closely.

 

Different phyto's have different strains in them so mix it up and don't always use the same thing. No matter which brand you use, read their websites to find out what all they have in them. I like to use Sustainable Aquatic and Algea Barns OceanMagik

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