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Mike A

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  • Birthday 09/27/1967

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  1. Mike A

    Brown algae

    Thanks for the info. I’ve done a little more investigating on this. So the brown algae is kind of like a dust i would say. Not slimy or snotty as i have heard Dino described. If i turn off the lights all of the brown disappears completely after a few hours. If i turn on the lights within five minutes i can see the brown coming back on the sand. Also notice the water gets cloudier the longer the lights are on and gets crystal clear after lights are off for a while. Trying to get a correct diagnosis and a cure. As i said before my nitrates are like 0-2 and phosphates 0. Trying to raise
  2. Mike A

    Brown algae

    Hello, In the last couple of days I have had an outbreak of some kind of brown algae in my tank. It covers the bottom sand and starts to grow on glass and on power heads etc. I clean it all out and the next day It is right back. My nitrates are around 2 and phosphates are zero. Not sure what this is or what to do to cure it. I have turned lights off for today and hope to figure out some answers. From what I read, dino likes phosphates and nitrates, so kind of confusing as to what this could be. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  3. Mike A

    Zoanthids

    Taking the GFO off line didn't help my phosphates at all. Still at zero and nitrates at around 2. Thinking of maybe dosing. What ya think?
  4. Mike A

    Zoanthids

    Thanks for the tips. I appreciate it. I have taken my GFO off line. I will see if this helps. Thanks again!!
  5. Mike A

    Zoanthids

    I have just two colonies of zoanthids and neither one of them seem to grow or open up much at all. I have 0 phosphates and 0-2 nitrates, alk 8.3, calcium 430. Not sure why. I recently purchased an eagle eye zoa and it hardly opens up at all and has zero color. I have a Maxspect LED light set for softies and LPS. Zoas are 4-6" from the bottom. My LPS and other softies are doing fine. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
  6. Mike A

    Cycling

    Thanks for the help!!
  7. Mike A

    Cycling

    Thanks. I hate to keep asking questions, but I've never done this before. When will I know it's cycled? Will nitrates go down some on there own or not? Thanks again!
  8. Mike A

    Cycling

    Ok. So I am three weeks into my cycle using the shrimp method. Ammonia=0, Nitrites=.25 +/-, Nitrates 100. Next steps? Wait, water change?
  9. Thanks Muttley! I still have a piece of shrimp in filter sock. Should I remove at this point?
  10. Thanks for the comments. Much appreciated! As of today my ammonia is less than .15, nitrites are at .25 and nitrates are crazy high (like 100). Should I do a water change to get nitrates down or just let the cycle continue to play out? Thanks.
  11. I've been cycling my 65 gallon for about a week and a half using the shrimp method. My ammonia is at 1.5, nitrites at 2, and nitrates at about 50. Is this normal? I thought I would see an ammonia spike. Maybe it's still coming. First time cycling a tank. Any advice/thoughts appreciated. Thanks.
  12. Mike A

    FISH DYING

    Yeah that's what I am going to do now. Get cycled. I have read and watched so much crap I don't know what's right and what's wrong.
  13. Mike A

    FISH DYING

    I did use Dr. Tim's bacteria initially. I think I added to many fish to quickly. I have a hang on back filter and sponge filter. The hang on back has carbon in it. Is it good or bad to run carbon during cycle? The confusing part is when to do water changes. Ammonia and nitrites were never very high. (less than .15) The highest nitrate levels I ever tested were 12-15. Is 12-15 too high right before a water change?
  14. Mike A

    FISH DYING

    Thanks for your thoughts. I’m gonna try to make sure I’m cycled and do just one fish like you said. Thanks again!
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