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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I thought for some reason that my tank was over 10 weeks already... but i did the math on the calendar and it's at 6 weeks... I have a huge Diatom bloom... I know it's supposed to happen.. but should I turn off my lights for a couple days even though I have fish and corals (4 of which are...
  2. Marine Depot
    Hi Guys & Gals, We are working on a video about nuissance algae and how to prevent, identify and eliminate it. We would be super grateful if anyone in the community would be willing to share photos/video with us of any/all of the following: Diatom Bloom Hair Algae Bubble Algae Red Slime Turf...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Hi Everyone, My 55 gallon tank is 1.5 years old and I am currently in my 4th week of a diatom bloom. I clean and do water changes once a week - normally. Last month I went through 3 weeks of continuous migraines and missed 3 water changes. Afterwards I tested levels and my nitrates were at 160...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Ok so I have been battling GHA for a while. I blame it on not cooking my dry rock before setting up. Tank is 5 months old and 3 months post cycle. I scrubbed the rocks free of severe GHA with a toothbrush and added a large amount of fresh GFO to my reactor. Then...the water went very cloudy...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys , got a couple questions . Is it normal not to have a diatom bloom ? And I have pink dots all over my rock just wondering on what it is ?
  6. General Reef Discussion
    So it would appear my tank has finished cycling. Added cleanup crew and it seems I have a good diatom bloom going. Nitrates are 5.0ppm. Doing water change tomorrow. Wanted to double check with you guys. See pics. Also I ditched the eheim 2217 canister filter and I am running a reef octopus...
  7. Crustaceans
    I went camping for three days and I come back and the whole tank glass, live rock, and live sand is covered in brown right now my rusty angelfish is doing some work to stop it. I can also see my two turbo snails and bumble bee snail helping along side my camel shrimp. I have a 125 gallon tank...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I just posted about stocking my tank however I also just realized that I have been cycling my tank for over 2 months and did not experience a diatom bloom, granted I currently do not have an lighting fixture on my setup is healthy or should I have cause to pause prior to stocking?I have been...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Has anyone tried this Nualgi stuff??? It was a suggested page on my Facebook news feed. Anyway, their claim is that it triggers a diatom algae bloom within 3 hours that speeds zooplankton reproduction and increases oxygen levels. The before and after pictures from trials show great reduction...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all, I'm new to the forums and just started my first reef tank up about 3 1/2 weeks ago. A little background on my tank. Its a 29 gal, with 12-13 lbs of live rock (Small amount, I know. Adding gradually to it). I have 2 damsels (1 domino, and 1 fiji blue devil) that I put in at the end of...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Started cycling my first saltwater tank three weeks ago. It is an 80 gallon rimless, I have 60 pounds of live sand, 90 pounds of dry rock, and 5 pounds of live rock. My sump is a 40 gallon breeder, and I have my protein skimmer up and running. My water parameters are 0 ammonia, .5 nitrites...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    My first problem is I have done so much research I don't know what to believe anymore! I read the entire posting regarding nitrogen cycle by Doug1 (I think it was Doug1) My LFS is 3 hrs away and I think he started me out too quickly, and I am in big trouble because I don't want my fish to...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all. I have been going through a big time diatom bloom in my tank. its been up for just over 2 months, and its my first one so figure with water changes it will go away. My concern is the water. Its very cloudy, almost looks like smoke. I have read it probably is microbubbles. I have no...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    i am into day 12, my tank cycled after 6 days using Blue-stone LR, i started getting a diatom bloom on day 10 and it is progressing nicely across my LR etc. My tests are Ammonia = 0 nitrIte = 0 NitrAte = 5 Phosphate = 0 i test my tank water 2 times a day morning and evening Is it okay to do...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    well ive read everything i could on these blooms and im leaning toward just waiting it out. this bloom is out of control! tank specs.... 40g 76-80 temp 0 amm 0 nitrites, trates 3-400 calc 4x39w t5 HO (2 actinic, 2 10k) actinic 11 hours 10k 6 hours ph 8.3ish skimmer/powerheads livestock: 2...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Hi TFT, Im a beginner, and am quite certain that I have a diatom bloom going on. This tank is a 7 day old 29 gallon tank, with 25lb of LR & 20lb of LS (picked up from LFS). as of yesterday: Sal 1.025, temp 81, nitrite 5ppmm, nitrate 80ppm, Ph 8.2 there was some very minor growth of...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys, attached is a picture of an algae I have growing. I am cycling my tank (by running with LR for about 3 weeks). I know to cure a diatom bloom is to do nothing at all. But, i'm not sure if this is diatoms. Could this be green hair algae? It's not a dusting like a diatom bloom, more...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    I found this thread about diatom bloom and thought I should copy/paste it here. This is quite interesting to read as I have done researches on diatom bloom. I receive no credits for this! Link here
  19. General Reef Discussion
    I have read,read,read,and read some more, talked to several different LFS owners and I just don't know who or what advise to take. One person says this is way is the way to go, another says never do that... Ok here is what I got: 55gal tank, HOB filer (carbon,pads,bio-wheels) NO protein...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I noticed that my tank just started diatom bloom and wonder if it will harm the fishes. I don't understand why my tank begin to get diatom bloom after I added the fishes. Will diatom bloom hurt the fishes? I brought two clown fishes on 2/13/2012 for 78 dollars a pair. My biggest concern is...
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