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  1. gr_reefer75

    gr_reefer75 Member

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    Hey all I'm new to the forum, I'm desperate for help. I've done everything I can possibly think of and still battling these awful algae blooms.
    I have a 75 gal. Reef tank with mostly softies left.. I had transferred my quite successful 38 nano into this and thought (for a minute) that I had done so with no casualties.
    I ran the 38 for 3 years before upgrading in may 2018 to the 75.
    I have 200 reef octopus HOB skimmer, two marineland HOB filters running c size cartridges.
    I have an aquatic life t5 fixture running 3 true blues and 1 true actinic.
    X2 koralia 425gph and 2x koralia 850gph
    My lighting schedule is all four bulbs for 8 hours, then just 2 of the true blue for the last hour before the night LEDs switch on.
    I keep a very detailed journal of water changes and water parameters and only just recently went all out on testing obsessively. Before that I was sporadic at best and I am suffering the consequences of my negligence obviously.
    Over the past few weeks my tank parameters have been outstanding and consistent, no outside lighting besides my beardies tank about 4 feet away as it's in the basement.
    I have an RODI system in my basement that I use for my 10 to 15 percent wc's and I use red sea coral pro salt.
    Any advice, encouragement etc would be helpful as I am in love with the hobby of but am tired of fighting the same battles and losing livestock
     

  2. Crabs McJones

    Crabs McJones Millepora Maniac Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 R2R Secret Santa Article Contributor Hospitality Award Glitter Fairy Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome to R2R! Sorry about your troubles. When were your rodi filters changed out? How much and how often are you feeding? Can you post your exact paraneters? Dont worry, there are thousands upon thousands of outstanding users here that will get you helped out :) ezgif-6-e3f059e4827c.gif #WelcometoR2R
     
  3. KJ

    KJ Road Warrior R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award ETRC Member Hospitality Award

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    Welcome to Reef2reef. Agree with @Crabs Mcjones plenty of individuals that would love to give you a hand. All tank parameter will help. IMG_20190107_172444_01.gif
     
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    Billldg Going off the reef end R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    CJS80 Active Member Partner Member 2019 Hospitality Award

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    Welcome to R2R!! Algae blooms suck. Have you determined what type of algae it is?
     
  7. gr_reefer75

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    Hey thanks!
    My parameters are salinity .25, alkalinity is 8.6 calcium 420 and I changed my ro cartridges as well as my di filter maybe a month ago, probably about 7 to 8 months use on the old ones, I feed my 2 clowns 1 blue fairy wrasse 1 green clown goby 1 blue damsel and 1 pearl jawfish enough frz brine shrimp to keep them eating for about 30 to 45 seconds 1 time daily
     
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    Its cyano and some other nasty crap that looks like GHA (which I was dealing with heavily before switching my lightbulbs) and i did a lot of rock dipping in peroxide. I have about 20 hermits and 10 asst. Snails
     
  9. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome to reef2reef! What's your N03 and P04 levels?
     
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    mich2599 Well-Known Member Louisiana Reef Club

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    Welcome to R2R!:)
     
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    Nitrates and phosphates are next to non existent each time I test
     
  12. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    What test kits are you using? No N03 and P04 isn't good.
     
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    Agree not good at all .

    Can you post a pic of the algea.
     
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    Doing all my testing right now will post most current parameters once I finish. Did a 15 gallon water change this morning
     
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    I use strips for the n02 n03 and ammonia I use the api p04 test kit, salifert for magnesium and alkalinity and api for calcium
     
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    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Get yourself some good quality N03 and P04 test kits.

    It's common with tanks that have little nutrients, that have pest algae issues.

    Get those and let's go from there. Report back when you have the numbers.
     
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    mike werner Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 R2R Secret Santa Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!
     
  18. gr_reefer75

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    Roger that! Do you recommend a certain brand over for those? I do like the salifert brand
     
  19. Flippers4pups

    Flippers4pups Fins up since 1993 R2R Supporter Reef Squad Leader R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Hospitality Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Salifert is fine.
     
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    I tried to get a decent one earlier but the lighting is so blue. I will post pics tomorrow when the lights come back on
     
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