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Old 12-22-2017, 08:03 AM
PeterBedford PeterBedford 目前離線
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Update
My rocks are covered with algae (I tkink dinos). Algae growing everywhere but not there where is no direct light (on a side of rocks for ex.) Last night I siphon sandbed include some top layer of sand. When I do it it looks like I siphon sticky layer of algae (they are all brown). I had a problem with a bubble algae but I used VIBRANT twice (8ml 2 weeks ago and 8ml last Tuesday night), then I swith light 1,5 day ago and bubble algae gone.
I clean my rocks, not all of them and not even 80% and now I'm gonna black out a tank with black plastick bags for 2 maybe 3 days.
Looks like zeovit not fully working with dead rocks.

I used Figi white sand and pukani rocks. My mistake was not to fully cure those rocks as they are dirty and I had problem with PO4. Finaly my all parameters are fine:
Ammonia: 0
NO2: 0.01
NO3: 2 maybe 3
PO4: 0 (by Hannah , Salifert and API test kits)

I still using small amount of PO4 abbsorber (RowaPhos)

I got only:
Cleaner Shrimp
Fire Shrimp
4 Turbo Snails
6 Nassarius Snails
3 Hermit Crabs
2 clown fish (since 29 November 2017)

After clown fish I didn't add anything. I started dose Triton basic elements for 3 days, to increase MG, Ca and Alk. They are on good levels now.
My skimmer take a lot of dark brown stuff and I need to cleaning it every day.
When I took bag of RowaPhos for 1 day. PO4 go up to 0.06 and this is showing cleary, then ZEOVIT can't handle it self PO4 on lov level at the moment.
I do not have any corals yet, and I want to wait till I win a battle with algae - if I do.

My question is: Why ZEOVIT not working as it should? Totally new system, follow by instructions and not as should be.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:24 PM
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Hey man I know the feeling mines exactly the same I think I have Dino or bad case of diatoms I'm on my second day of blackout!! My fish are healthy but I've had some snails pass I think this is due to my angelfish being greedy! If your nitrates are low I would advise not doing water changes I'm not I've stopped all dosing and will be going back to the Basic4 exact dosing!! I believe with zeovit it's when you imbalance PO4 and nutrients!! My tank was to clean, I will keep you posted on my results I may end up dosing H202 for while see if it kills the brown film


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Old 12-22-2017, 12:25 PM
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I've completely stopped using PO4 absorber get it out!!!! Literally destroys your tank zeovit rocks can't compete so nuisance algae take over :/


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Old 12-22-2017, 11:48 PM
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Hello Peter, please keep in mind that your system is still very young which might be the main reason for the issues in combination with other problems you have mention before.

I never run a reef without live rock since the end of the 80 th but basically it can be done, the cycle just takes much more time and I am talking here about a minimum of 6 month or more.

My advise is to continue using the system, managing nutrient import as good as possible and keep the system running with the basics for the next couple of month.

If those are really Dinos I would recommend to get rid of them as soon as possible.

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Old 12-24-2017, 10:40 AM
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dino/diatom update
3 Days no light, 1 feeding, Basic4 dosing, 8.8PH lights back on today sand perfect no grow back. GL Peter keep me posted


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Old 12-26-2017, 10:50 AM
PeterBedford PeterBedford 目前離線
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Update.
Frays thanks for your comments. It is realy helping me out. G.Alexander, thanks to you as well.
I do not have picture of my tank when was all covered with algae but got 2 picture how this algae looks on a rock.
Pict1: only some algae left after cleaning


Pict2: This is how algae looks, see top of a rock:


I added 8ml VIBRANT and wait a week for resoults (not big improvment)
I turn my lights of.
day 1 after swithing lights off added another 8ml VIBRANT
After 2 days, I syphon my sandbed and clean rocks. Unfortunetly I had to do a waterchange of 45L after that. This cause NO3 rising again from 2 up to 15-18 again... Why if I export nutrients out? don't know.
24 Dec I was going to my family so I wraped my aquarium with black bags about 9 am, all around and unwraped next day 6pm. I removed ROwaPhos as well.
Today I swith on my lights again at 20%.

Results:
Water Crystal clear
sandbed clean.
Only some green algae left on rocks. See pictures.
Snails, fishes looks more happier.
My PO4 go up to 0.22 yesterday (today it might be 0.28)

Pict3: this is how my tank look like now:
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Are you using the same rock as before/ Maybe you got a bad batch
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:33 PM
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Very happy and improved a lot. The system looks very young. I think tank [currently there are not too many animals (coral) premise], and [current PO4=0.22] (high), you can consider some quality live rock, which can be more helpful to biology, it will be more Good development of the fastest route, and thus improve bacteria / algae.

In the absence of too much animal (coral) time, this is really a good advantage (add some quality live rock)
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:11 AM
PeterBedford PeterBedford 目前離線
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Guys and laidies,
This is my old tank, I run it 2 years, and was forced to shut down, due to High PO4 = 0,49 most times and NO3 = 80ppm.
All story about this tank is here: Story of my old system

In a mean time I will post future info how new tank is doing.

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