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CarlaW

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Oh excuses, excuses.................. just get in there and bleed like the rest of us ;). I do see what you mean tho, ya know, you could donate those frags to a good cause Kevin:

http://spcdareefs.org/bob-moore-frag-swap-feb-15th/

I am headed over to Spokane on the 24th to get Joanne some of my Setosa, let me know OK :)

I have nowhere to get rid of my stuff around here so I donate to the cause.
 

CarlaW

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LOL, cats have a way of getting even and making the dog go away. Jr. will take just so much of Sadra, then get her when she is sleeping in one of the leather chairs. He means it too, she yipes when he biffs her
 

kamar

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Thanks for sharing the photos of your tank, and the good with the bad :) That is some fantastic coralline growth! Yeah, the tank sitters don't get into the scraping end of things, do they? I'm grateful though, when everything is alive and well, but I always notice that first, and start scraping as soon as the luggage hits the floor when I get home. I was busy the last couple of days and I didn't get back to you - we took the 36 gallon tank down on Thursday, and everybody is in the new tank now. I had intended to catch and transfer just one fish at a time, but after I moved the rocks around and saw the amount of crud floating around in the water after the years of accumulation . . . wow, there was no way I was going to leave a fish in that soup. After moving everybody, there was no reason to keep it running, so down it went. So, yes, I'm very interested in your progress using Dr Tim's stuff to help prevent algae headaches for me, and I love the biology end of this hobby. BTW, your new puppy is adorable . . . and matches the cat! Congrats on the new addition to the family!
 

myindoorocean

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Kevin, are you doing any manual removal of the hair algae at all? I do have a biopellet reactor, been using it the whole time. I wonder if that's a problem. I also used to run GFO, didn't do anything for me other than make a mess of my sump. I could not keep it in the reactor, I don't like that stuff. I also used to run carbon, don't do that any more. Just the pellets and skimmer.

I don't turn off my skimmer when I dose the waste away. I'm curious how all that works - with your knowledge am I working against myself, so to speak?
 

LostCreekReefer

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Kevin, are you doing any manual removal of the hair algae at all? I do have a biopellet reactor, been using it the whole time. I wonder if that's a problem. I also used to run GFO, didn't do anything for me other than make a mess of my sump. I could not keep it in the reactor, I don't like that stuff. I also used to run carbon, don't do that any more. Just the pellets and skimmer.

I don't turn off my skimmer when I dose the waste away. I'm curious how all that works - with your knowledge am I working against myself, so to speak?
Hi Matt - I'll try to answer all your questions! I do remove algae manually, I have become very dexterous at grabbing things as they float by and keeping lots of the harvested algae in my hand... or by siphoning with a 3/4" clear tube into a huge filter sock suspended above/in my sump. Quite the suckage!

GFO and Carbon: I read that using GFO was better using 2 canisters in a series; one pump puts water into the frirst canister set up for GFO, the second hook them up in a series) is set up for carbon which also then catches all the fines (tiny pieces) of GFO and they NEVER make it out of the canister. Plugs up plenty fast! but it works, no GFO in the tank or sump, just 1 pump involved, simple.

Dr. Tim's advised to NOT use a bio-pellet reactor until the algae was under control, but rather turn off the skimmer, dose the Waste-Away, leave the skimmer off for 12-24 hours (in my mind, let it cook, let the bacteria grow for a day) then turn on the skimmer, removing the biomass of bacteria via skimming. The skimmate is much different in characteristics than before, and there can be much more of it for a day or 2, or sometimes not so much more of it. I really do not know why Dr. Tim's does not recommend no reactor initially, but rather to maintain control once the algae outbreak is under control, and I do not know why there is variability in the nature of the skimmate at various times when I turn the skimmer back on.

Maybe you could email Dr. Tim's and ask about the relative merits of using the reactor to get your algae out-brake under control vs. what they told me to do with dosing and skimmer off, wait a day, then skimmer on, then using the reactor later. You may find that you're looking at a much longer - if ever- time frame for getting things stable.
 

CarlaW

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Kevin, I know, I must be gettin old....................................... or I need a beer..........................if I could remember where the fridge is
 
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