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  1. marinenoob

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    Hi guys,

    i have a 4ft 280l tank with a 60l sump and reeftek skimmer and bio balls for filtration and approx 30kg LR. i added a light fitting about 4 months ago which has 2 X 150W MH lights and 2 X T5 bulbs. I placed the unit on top of the canopy and i started having all kinds of issues since then i started having issues with Algae.

    I have recently been pressed for time and my tank took a turn for the worse. i will be doing a 50% water change this week and try and salvage all that is wrong with my tank which is now totally full of algae.

    Could the light unit be too much for the size of my tank? Any other advice would also be appreciated.

    thanks,
     
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    not lightly too much light , but the wrong kelvin light or old bulbs?

    Could also be high phosphates or nitrate .

    Do the tests and we can discuss more...

    David
     
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    What test kits do you guys use because everytime i buy kits the measurements/methods vary from kit to kit?
     
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    I have the same problem- i double check with sera and salifert
    I believe the one that explains my problems...

    Tested a few tanks of diferent ages today in the shop and for custimers and the nitrate from salifert seems spot on.
     
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    must my lighting unit be ceiling mounted?
     
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    Genraly the metal halides should be 30 cm above the water to stop unnesery heating of the water and not contribute to tempriture problems , could also be less maintanence of constantly wiping the glass of salt splashes.
     
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    hello marinenoob, I'm no specialist and please correct me if Im wrong, but also had the exact same problem, and geuss what, my tank is currently empty. When this problem started on my tank I went to lanzo and the addvice he gave me was to take out the bioballs(unless your willing to wash them very proper every week, check R/O unit filters( my TDS at that time was 85 units) and to try and set skimmer as proper as possible. Another piece of advice is if its possible; keep your lights of as long as possible. good luck mate...
     
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