SilverSpurs

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  1. I wish I could say that, mine can't keep up with it.
  2. I think that is the correct link, although I would like to see others. Come on everyone, doesn't anyone else have a fav site they'd like to share????
  3. You can cut your lighting time for a FOWLR tank, but when you have corals, you have to provide them with proper lighting or they will die. Poly-Fil is found and any LFS it comes in a bag and it kindof looks like the stuff that you stuff pillows with, only its for tanks. There are also some that come is rolls for really cheap (big rolls that are about 3 ft wide). The more expensive poly filtration come in sheets that can also remove phosphates or chemicals that you have added to the tank. These I have been warned can remove trace elements too. I can't stress enough to change the poly filtration at least once a week though, they can lead to high nitrates if you let the "chunks" they remove from the water liquify and return to the tank.
  4. ccny - have your LFS test for phosphates in your water if you don't have a phosphate test kit. Less is better when it comes to chemical additives. With a small tank like ours it can reek havoc with the biological filter if you add too many unnecessary chemicals. I have a JBJ Nano Cube and I have added Poly-Fil to one of the back chambers that I took the bio-balls out of. I change this religiously every water change to avoid nitrate build up. I only added this because of how cloudy the water gets when the algae dies off. If I can ever get the algae under control I'll remove it. I also added a powerhead with a quick filter for fast cleanups when the algae dies off too quickly for the regular filter to keep up with. However, this is only run for an hour or two a day and will be removed also when I get the algae under control. The MH lighting you have will add to the trouble because of the photosynthisis process it causes - but is necessary for some corals. Your corals may be doing poorly because of your short light time. 8-9 hours is ok for FOWLR - but not with most corals. Look up the corals you have to see what their minimum light requirements are and use that to dictate how long your lights are on.
  5. sorry - I misunderstood. Accept my apology for bing a snot!
  6. Everyone keeps telling me its the size and frequency of my water changes + long time with the light on. The size needs to be reduced, the frequency needs to be lengthened and the light time needs to be reduced - no food, no life for algae..... I'll let you known how it goes.
  7. Really?? Then..... I should just tell my algae to go away because it's not supposed to happen now......?? I wish it was that easy! If you are saying that it takes that long to not have phosphates... then I'll have to tell my water that it's supposed to be there too!! I have tested my water and I have had my LFS test it and the results are the same. You may not have heard of this before..... but it is happening.
  8. thanks quash, I'll look into it. ps - no phosphates in my water
  9. Quash - No phosphates, large cleanup crew for the size of tank I have - algae gets worse when I change water. Not sure about the Srombus suggestion, but I'll check it out. Thanks.
  10. I am using 50/50 - I have a stock JBJ Nano Cube
  11. Helpful, but not exactly what I was looking for... anyone else have any suggestions?
  12. I have the same issue.... I just got back from my LFS and they tested my water and all numbers come back perfect... like they have been for a while. I'll sum up his suggestions: 1. Is circulation sufficient? Perhaps an additional powerhead can help. 2. Are you using a poly-filter? Removes the small particles as the algae dies off. (Must be changed religiously to avoid nitrate buildup!!!!) 3. How long are your lights on? 9 hour is sufficient for a FOWLR. 4. How much of a water change are you doing? Large water changes on such a small tank add lots of "food" to the tank for algae. 5. How frequent are your water changes? Extend the time between changes to allow more algae to die off before "feeding" them again. Hope this helps.
  13. I have the same issue.... I just got back from my LFS and they tested my water and all numbers come back perfect... like they have been for a while. I'll sum up his suggestions: 1. Is circulation sufficient? Perhaps an additional powerhead can help. 2. Are you using a poly-filter? Removes the small particles as the algae dies off. 3. How long are your lights on? 9 hour is sufficient for a FOWLR. 4. How much of a water change are you doing? Large water changes on such a small tank add lots of "food" to the tank for algae. 5. How frequent are your water changes? Extend the time between changes to allow more algae to die off before "feeding" them again. Hope this helps.
  14. I think the suggested amount of snails is one per gallon of water. I do believe that your cleaning crew is very under staffed. *hope they aren't unionized*
  15. Some say that all you need is a powerhead to provide circulation in a nano with LS/LR. I agree with you (thedude) in that I believe that carbon filtering is a good thing. Although, most of my experience is in FW - so it could just be a carry over hang-up. I think that there should be something filtering the small particles out of the water.... a skimmer usually does that, but some say those remove too many trace elements out of the water too quickly. It's a huge debate with no end in sight. In my fight to combat the algae that formed when I used bad water, I have been told to reduced my lighting time, use better water, do more frequent water changes, get a larger cleanup crew, get algae eating fish/critters..... I didn't reduce my light, cause I didn't want my Calupra to wither. I have changed my water source and gotten more vegetarian snails. This seems to be doing the trick. From what I have been told, algae is a good thing, you just need a hungry clean up crew to keep it in check.