New nano reef tank

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These are a few pics of the tank and cyano before I do the waterchange so you can see the current state of it, the clownfish photobombed it as usual lol

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Reply #241

Sorry to hear about your Blenny mate.
Hope you get this sorted out nice and quick!

Just a possibility but one thing I read about tackling Cyano is to increase flow, have you cleaned out your Pumps recently? If not maybe you’re not getting quite enough flow as you normally do.
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Thanks mate, I did yeah I cleaned my pump out last Saturday along with the powerhead and the powerhead got cleaned again yesterday but wasn't really needing cleaned so flow shouldn't be an issue I'd have thought, I have a feeling it's down to the filter floss as it gets changed every 2-3 days but being unwell made it be left for a week, my other thought is the purigen is 3 months old so could be spent along with the carbon

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What is your phosphate? If I read your parameters right then you want to bring down ammonia to 0, but would have expected to see some nitrite if you have ammonia. To get rid of cyano you want to reduce phosphate. Are you skimming?


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I don't have a phosphate test kit unfortunately so no idea on that, that's what surprised me aswell with getting a 0 nitrite reading it almost doesn't make sense, I have heard bad things about the api nitrate test kit being inaccurate though so it could be that also, my nitrate is still just under 10ppm today with Ammonia somewhere between 0 - 0.25ppm, I wanted to get to the lfs today for water and new purigen but I missed the closing time, on a positive note your gsp has opened up fully now, how is the digitata doing?

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Reply #245

I’m using Red Sea tests, quite happy with them. Glad GSP is doing well, very hardy stuff
Montipora getting some colour (gold-ish), but not yet good polyp extension. Time will tell
Hope you get cyano under control. Nutrients was a big one for, but good skimmer helped me (and time)


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Thanks mate I hope your digitata pulls through, I always thought I'd need a skimmer but was advised for small tanks they don't do very much, it's strange as for the 3 months I've had this tank I have never had any nitrate reading let along this high, the joys and pains of saltwater lol I still wouldn't change it I love the wee tank just another learning curve, I think once the api kit runs out I will go for red sea aswell as I've only seen good things on them

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I have been a user of the Red Sea tear kits for a few years and they r good to be fair. Also though for the money the Salifert can’t be knocked as I always compare them between my hanna checkers and the Red Sea if I’m unsure of a reading and they’re usually the closest together those three. Had issues a while back with tropic Marin and api test kits which weren’t giving remotely accurate readings so went to town and bought a few different ones. And for ease, simplicity, accuracy and price I must admit the Salifert were Best Buy


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Reply #248

Apologies for that boring reply just thought I’d share my experience with a load of different ones.... have u got a phosphate test kit in the artinery yet?


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Reply #249

Not a boring reply at all mate and thanks for that tip I'll definitely look into the salifert kits aswell, I haven't yet but with work it's a nightmare trying to get to my lfs, I'm tempted to go back to using sea water again as I've been using my lfs water for the past few weeks, just because I've been quite ill and couldn't get to the beach but I had 0 problems using nsw

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Reply #250

Well you know what they say about if it’s
Not broke don’t fix it. A lot to be said for nsw but it was clearly working well for you. You tested your lfs’s water by any chance? I was having things die in my tank that had been happY for ages and when I tried everything I could think of I tested the ro water and the pre mixed salt from them and it was absolutely scary the TDS in the ro and the phosphates were extremely high too. Nothing good happens over night in this hobby but everything bad usually takes hold pretty quick


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Reply #251

I never tested their water I just trusted it, I'd like to think it's not that causing any problems but honestly the tank ran perfect on nsw

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Reply #252

I tested my water again there and Ammonia is back down to 0 and nitrate is lower at 5.00, I think I'll try and get some water and do another water change and hopefully it'll be back to normal, I need to get back to the sea again lol

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Reply #253

My lfs water tested 20 TDS at some point... now make my own


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Reply #254

Definitely worth making your own as the shops never change their basic filters never mind the membranes. And if you struggle with water pressure and get more waste than what actually come out clean I really recommend looking at a pump for It. It usually takes me 24hrs to make about 100 litres but since having the pump it takes between 6-8 hours. Game changer for Sunday’s when I wanna do one on the same bloody day. Usually have to wait forever. And also the waste is now probably 70-30 clean to waste


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