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blyssy1
09/12/2017, 06:14 AM
Can anyone tell me what this is?

MrsReefK
09/12/2017, 06:29 AM
What part are you wanting answers on?


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blyssy1
09/12/2017, 06:33 AM
The green looking algae on the rock.

Params

NH3 - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5
Salinity - 1.024

Livestock

1 cleaner shrimp
pistol and ywm goby pair
flame angel
pair of Picasso clowns
1 torch
1 hammer

mcgyvr
09/12/2017, 06:33 AM
Rock?
An astraea snail?
A cleaner shrimp?
Green algae? (Totally normal)
Purple coralline algae?

mcgyvr
09/12/2017, 06:37 AM
Ok saw your latest post..
That is 100% normal part of a new tank..

We call it the "ugly stages"..
Its typically brown diatoms then green algae and sometimes you even get some cyano..
It will all pass and is just a normal part of a new tank..

Again.. 100% normal.. NOTHING is wrong..

blyssy1
09/12/2017, 06:37 AM
So maybe I am super sensitive.... lol!

blyssy1
09/12/2017, 06:38 AM
Will be adding a GFO reactor soon.

mcgyvr
09/12/2017, 06:41 AM
Will be adding a GFO reactor soon.

NO....

Unless you have a phosphate problem (and you don't) I would NOT suggest running GFO..
Its very strong stuff and too little phosphate is just as bad if not worse than too much..

And with your current livestock list there is NO reason to run GFO..

You can send me a check for 50% of the money I just saved you if you want. ;)

blyssy1
09/12/2017, 06:44 AM
Well maybe not half...

So why is everyone about running GFO in tanks. Seems to be the new best thing in reefing?

mcgyvr
09/12/2017, 06:51 AM
Well maybe not half...

So why is everyone about running GFO in tanks. Seems to be the new best thing in reefing?

Because they think its "what the cool kids do" I guess.. And they are wrong..
The "cool kids" don't need GFO as we don't overfeed and don't have phosphate issues..

Its totally fine to "plan" for potentially needing GFO in the future so you plan your plumbing to accommodate it.. But do not run it unless you need it.. And you don't..
Like you all the "newbies" see talk of it, don't understand it fully and think they must have it to have a successful tank.. You absolutely do not.. I've run tanks for oh... 15 years now and NEVER needed GFO.. Not even close..

I'm fine with 1/4" of the money then ;)

What I see in your picture is a totally happy/new tank with nothing out of the ordinary.. You are doing just fine..
Keep up with sufficient water changes to keep nitrates and phosphates low and to replenish (keep stable really) cal/alk/mag levels for your coral(s).. Thats all you need to concern yourself with now..

manfrog
09/12/2017, 07:02 AM
Can anyone tell me what this is?

It looks like the start of green coralline algea to me. If it's like some of my tanks you should see dark green, pink then purple next.

blyssy1
09/12/2017, 07:21 AM
Thanks. I appreciate the help