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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, Its time IMO, so many newbs mixing with old school guys. Opinions seem to be the dominate factor in cycling a new tank rather than viable research. Some folks have been around so long, that if asked to provide step by step instruction to the "proper" way to cycle a tank they draw a blank...
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    I am in the process of cooking my rock for my new tank. Something crossed my mind and I cannot find a direct answer in my searches. Should I expect to go through the uglies after cooking dead (dried out) LR? In my current tank, I bleached my rock then rinsed and dried it out. Brown stringy...
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    Morning TRT, Ok .. so last night.. I had the itch again... broke out the tooth brush to give my rocks another little scrub .. So far it has worked well.. I have been doing 20 % weekly water changes and tooth brush scrubs to make my journey through the case of the uglies ( in month 5 currently...
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    Hello everyone, 55G +15 gal sump on day 22...diatom bloom in full swing. What "stages" do I have to look forward to now? I think diatoms will fade with some algae growth?? and water parameters will calm (mine are good with 0 ammonia, o nitrites, and 10-20 nitrates, with water changes every...
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    Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great day! So my question. Week 3 running. I have the brown/rust fugly algae, I think the term is diatoms? K, so I also have, purple, dark red hard coraline algae, red leafy algae (not slime cyano), red spiky coral looking stuff, and I now have a...
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    So my tank is going through the uglies stage right now I believe I got green and brown algae all over my rocks and sandbed. My phosphates are high and so is my ammonia. My ph dropped from 8.2 to 7.4 overnight and calcium was at 520 nitrates at 10ppm. So I did a 18g water change and vaccumes out...
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    So my tank is 23 days old and I am starting to get the brown uglies on my sand and rocks. I tested my water yesterday and they are as follows: PH-8.2 Ammonia-0ppm Nitrite- .125-2ppm Nitrate-80ppm Calcium-360 Carbonate-161.1 Phos-.5ppm So I want to know is should I start my water changes and...
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    ok so I have became addicted. little background, four months old, 55 long. HOB filter, HOB skimmer, 70 pounds LR, 40 pounds Sand. went through the cycle process, params. look great. according to LFS. Don't have my own test kits. hair algae still a problem, two clowns, two peppermints...
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    I have reached the 6 week cycle period. Going through my uglies. I was just wandering if this is part of it. I have the normal diatom bloom going right now. I haven't seen this fern like algae in my other tanks during cycle..
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    Hey, Have just purchased a Kent phosphate reactor and planing to run kent power-phos and reef carbon. So just wondered if the were any snippets of advice out there or any do's or dont's!? Currently I have a 55 gal reef tank, approx 4/5 mths old and going through the uglies. Have what I...
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    Other than water changes what should I be doing about this insane amount of algae growing on my substrate and rocks and aquarium? It is the brown diatoms me thinks...
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