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Cyanobacteria & Diatoms

Posted 09-02-2010 at 09:35 PM by NASAGeek
Updated 09-02-2010 at 09:48 PM by NASAGeek

Diatoms are actually single cell algae. They commonly occur when cycling a tank and occassionally in established tanks. Diatoms can get quite ugly during a cycle, but letting the tank cycle and being patient is all that required for them to go away. Get the water parameters to zero, they'll pass.

Cyanobacteria is that red slime that comes around occassionally. Cyano colors range... it can be crimson, red, blue-green, etc. Many folks recommend additional flow to get rid of cyanobacteria,...
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Aglae Issues Notes Part 2

Posted 09-01-2010 at 08:14 PM by NASAGeek
Updated 09-07-2010 at 05:04 PM by NASAGeek

Aglae : The Bane of Reef Aquariums Part 2

Solutions : Limit Nutrient Sources

1) Use RO/DI Water

2) Test dKH, adjust to 10-11.

3) Donít overfeed and allow uneaten food to accumulate

4) Remove anything dead ASAP

5) Clean filters, foam, etc. much more often than you think necessary.

6) Eliminate as many detritus traps in your tank system as possible.

7) Use a turkey baster to clean off...
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Algae Issues Notes Part 1

Posted 08-30-2010 at 08:27 AM by NASAGeek
Updated 09-06-2010 at 06:55 PM by NASAGeek

Algae : The Bane of Reef Aquariums.

John Maloney's Ultimate Nuisance Algae Thread - A MUST READ

Nothing is more frustrating to me in reef aquariums than the seemingly continual battle against algae. I would also venture a guess that algae problems are one of the most popular posts on the forums. Particularly amongst new reef aquarists suffering through the initial algae blooms that often occur in new tanks.

The purpose of this blog entry is to capture a...
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pH Notes

Posted 08-30-2010 at 08:25 AM by NASAGeek
Updated 09-12-2010 at 04:58 PM by NASAGeek

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Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley

Low pH: Causes and Cures

High pH: Causes and Cures

Solutions to pH Problems

A Simplified Guide to the Relationship Between Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium and pH
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Magnesium (Mg) Notes

Posted 08-30-2010 at 08:24 AM by NASAGeek
Updated 09-12-2010 at 04:58 PM by NASAGeek

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Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley

Magnesium in Reef Aquaria


Magnesium and Strontium in Limewater

A Simplified Guide to the Relationship Between Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium and pH
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