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will vibrant make my no3 and po4 go up or down???? dealing with healthy GHA in a 2 yr tank
Awesome--I wish I had done that. I did NOPOX from the jump instead. At the maintenance dose for clean aquariums (1mg per 10 gal, every 2 weeks), the consensus is that fuge macro grows normally.Hey everyone, so my tank is 4 months old now and I’ve been running the vibrant maintenance dose since it cycled. It has done an amazing job of keeping my tank algae free and I basically skipped the ugly phase minus a little bit of diatoms. I am now wanting to start up my fuge for nutrient control and pod population. I’m hesitant on stoping my vibrant dosing since my tank has remained so clean, but I also don’t want it to melt away my chaeto. Has anyone been in a similar situation or have any advice?
First things first: what are your nitrate and phosphate levels? Can't really answer your first question without knowing that--if you're already close to bottoming out, or have bottomed out, you should stop carbon dosing, as it's making it worse. To your second, consensus is that no, you should not expect a nutrient spike when discontinuing, as nutrient removal is not a primary mechanism of Vibrant, like it is with carbon dosing.I need some input iv dosing Vibrant 2 times a week for some hair algea and bubble algea , Im on week 5 and also carbon dosing im at a point where 80% of BA is turning white and gha is 70% gone , Iv also been carbon dosing , Im afraid of starving my nutrients as iv seen many run into cyano should I start to minimize to weekly dosage.Last thing should I expect a nutrient spike when discontinuing vibrant?
hmmm... funny most have zeroed out po4, no3 already bc of algae growth. my sps are already starving. i was thinking it would kill the algae therefore flooding tank with nutrients.Down, but not radically so unless you dose it harder. It is primarily a bacterial product.
Valid point. Killing algae does release nutrient. I suppose if your bacterial count can't match that new supply, or, if your skimmer cannot skim enough, they could go up.hmmm... funny most have zeroed out po4, no3 already bc of algae growth. my sps are already starving. i was thinking it would kill the algae therefore flooding tank with nutrients.
One key benefit I found with Vibrant is that it makes the GHA easier to remove. It is not as tough. Grazing fish and CUC won't mess with the tough stuff unless starved. But when you are able to pull it out, they WILL go after the softer, younger GHA beneath. I would never think of using Vibrant to eradicate GHA, but merely bring it back to a more edible, manageable stage.I definitely appreciate your input! I'm just trying to get a feel for what to expect seeing as how I'm just a week and a half in to dosing vibrant twice a week have a pretty healthy GHA outbreak. I also removed a very healthy ball of macro algae and turned off my h380 during this process so that is another thing to put into perspective. Skimmer is humming along I measured phosphates for the first time ever today in a very long time. Only .04 did some massive manual removal trying to get ahead of this problem
Some Loudwolf sodium nitrate would bump it up in about 5 minutes.Question, I was doing the weekly recommended dose to dry and help kill some cyano and it appears to have caused my N03 to drop right off. Now a couple of my LPS and my bubble tip anenomes are looking real mad at me. How long after stopping dosing does anyone think I can expect my N03 to rise again and help these corals flourish again?
tank is a 240 with 75 sump. Skimmer, algae scrubber, no filters or socks, GFO in reactor and 14 fish. Half of which are 4-5” or more. And a small clean up crew.
I believe one is formulated specifically for saltwater and the other is specifically for freshwater. Lol sorry had to...What is the difference between the saltwater and freshwater formulas? I used saltwater formula in a freshwater tank and all my snails died...