PDA

View Full Version : I need Help after Power outage


bill1282
10/14/2008, 02:09 PM
My power was out due to a bad wind storm leaving my tank without power for about 60 hours. The only things that I can tell I lost were a lot of snails, crabs, and shrimp all my fish and coral survived. My problem is now I have a bad break out of long haired green algae that I do not know how to control. My tests show:

Phosphates = 0
Nitrates = 0
Alkalinity = 300
PH = 7.8 (cant get it higher even with buffer)
Calcium = 319
Specific Gravity 31ppt
Water Temp = 80F
RO/DI filtered water
Ammonia 0


It is a 75 gallon tank with a refugium,Coralife Super Skimmer, 18W Turbo-Twist UV, 2 (295gph) heads, estimated 60lbs live rock, 2 tomato clowns, Bicolor Pseudochromis, 2 damsels, lawn mower blenny, button polyp, starburst polyp, large leather. refugium has live sand, rock and macro algae. Lights stay on 7 hours in 2 stages 260 watts (Actinic and daylight bulbs)

Thank you for any help you can give me
Bill

Otty
10/14/2008, 02:44 PM
You have a PO4 reactor running?

acrodave
10/14/2008, 02:47 PM
what is your alk running (300)???

Michael
10/14/2008, 02:53 PM
id start with a water change and get some flow across the surface to aid the ph, then id slowly raise my salinity to 35, your calcium is very low also, if it were me id aim for at least 400, 420-430 even better and also, im not familiar with the alk reading but i work in dkh and would aim for 8-12, as for the hair algae, well set the skimmer so it skims heavy and get some phosban running, anything else you can add which may help?

bill1282
10/14/2008, 02:55 PM
I dont have a PO4 reactor running, my Phosphate when I test it (aquarium pharmaceuticals kit)was running zero could there still be a problem?

I just tested the alk (all i have are the test strips) it is reading 300 in the ideal range

Michael
10/14/2008, 03:02 PM
phos is hard to measure accurately because it gets used up so quickly, but with a decent kit you should be able to see something if its in there bill, i will be honest bill ive absolutely no experience with test strips at all so i just dont get the readings there, but if 300 is ideal range then thats good news, have you tested mag as well, regardless of the problem you have at present bill if you can get all parameters as close as you can to nsw and keep them there then you have a fighting change of beating it

bill1282
10/14/2008, 03:14 PM
I am going to make those changes that you suggested; I have cranked up the protein skimmer and opened up the calcium drip. I am going to get more macro algae and a phosban. My Coralife Super Skimmer has nailed me a couple of times waking up to 5 gallons of water on my carpet so I have to keep an eye on it. Should I raise the salinity to 35 slow or does it matter? Thank you for all your help.

Michael
10/14/2008, 03:16 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13545429#post13545429 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by bill1282
I am going to make those changes that you suggested; I have cranked up the protein skimmer and opened up the calcium drip. I am going to get more macro algae and a phosban. My Coralife Super Skimmer has nailed me a couple of times waking up to 5 gallons of water on my carpet so I have to keep an eye on it. Should I raise the salinity to 35 slow or does it matter? Thank you for all your help.


i think the general opinion from most of us bill is to raise it slowly, its easily done, just make all new water you replace to 35 and eventually it will get there:)

bill1282
10/14/2008, 03:18 PM
Thank you again

Bill