red alge hight nitrates

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  1. stevethefishguy

    stevethefishguy Plankton

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    i have a 70gal reef tank for 8 mounths and still having problems with red alge that covers sand and my nitrates are high i do water changes and it goes down for about 1 week but they go back up

    any sugestions on what i might be doing wrong :eek: :eek:
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Could you give us more details on your tank
    How much Live Rock do you have
    Do you have any other filtration?
    List your Livestock?
    What type of circulation (power heads, Pumps) do you have

    J
     
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    i have about 60 lbs of live rock two clown fish 1 bleny
    3 damsals two blue leg crab and 3 snails
    aqua clear 500 two power heads and sea clown 100 skimmer
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry Steve one more question
    what is you nitrate level?
    The Aqua Clear 500 What Media are you using in it? You may want to take everything out but the foam and make sure it's clean. for 6 fish a possible cause maybe over feeding. hard to tell. Maybe someone else will jump in

    Good to see another Vancouver person, Where did you find out about 3Reef?
     
  6. stevethefishguy

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    i just have the foam on and my nitrates last time i check was 50 how often should i be feeding fish?

    i was just looking for help and came across 3reef
     
  7. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I tend to feed daily others feed more or less. It important when feeding to feed only as much as your fish will eat. What I did was feed small amount (very Small) every 2-3 minutes. until the fish stoped the frenzy. Often if you feed a large amount at one time a lot of food ends up in your filter or deep in the rocks were fish can't get it. Try small amounts 5 minute apart so the fish have the oportunity to eat is.
    Keep up the water changes every two weeks.

    So what is your fav LFS in the Vancouver area?

    J
     
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  9. stevethefishguy

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    what do you feed your fish frozen food or flakes
    and what about this red alge will it go away?


    what is lfs stand for?? ;)
     
  10. Jason McKenzie

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    Re: red algae hight nitrates

    Local Fish Store (Sorry)

    I feed a number of things. Mysis (frozen small shrimp) Bryn Shrimp, Flake food, Freeze dried Algae, Cyclop-eeze.

    J
     
  11. stevethefishguy

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    big al's and king ed's pets

    do you know if the red alege will go away :D