How do I get my nutrients up without getting an algae bloom?

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  1. Dlaria

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    How do I get my nutrients up without getting an algae bloom? I've been trying to feed the fish a bit more. Flakes in the morning, and frozen in the evening. I keep getting 0
    s for Ammonia, Nitrate, and Nitrite. (That'd be great for a fish only, but I'm trying to keep corals alive.)

    Do I just need more fish?

    I'm trying to target feed the corals what they need, but it would be nice if this tank could help itself out a bit...
     
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  3. Tony

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    Feed a bit more than twice a day and more fish will help. Just out of curiosity, why do you want your nutrients up?
     
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    Patients that’s all...you need to give your tank more time to mature a bit more...these things take time..By overfeeding and stocking won’t necessarily help the system...what you are doing will chase the nutrients in time any way...you could ad fish to the ratio of 1 inch fish to 25 l/ 5 gal of water /or 1 sq foot surface area...don’t overdo it..Stick to this and you will be happy in a year’s time with the progress of your system...
    Or you have a second option...spend a small fortune and add all the gadgets available to help the system ...or you gona have to be patient...
     
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    Most of the corals we keep in our aquariums do not need feeding, they do of course appreciate a bit of food now and again, but generally they will get what they need from the water column, from what you feed your fish and from the lights. Almost all of the corals we keep in our tanks contain photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae which feed the corals. That is why a good quality light source is required over a coral tank.
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    So don't be stressing yourself out everyday about manually feeding each and every coral, feed your tank and your fish and your corals will do fine. As the tank matures it will begin to become a productive tank and the corals will pretty much feed themselves.

    However, there are some corals, such as the lovely sun coral that requires daily feeding or it will die. So it's always best to get an ID on a coral and do some quick reading up on it before you buy it.
     
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    If you load it with more nutrients, make sure your tank can handle it like skimmer can take out what is to much. Corals in my opinion like it if you have a high import and export of nutriens. What thy don't use the skimmer take out.

    What corals do you have and do thy look unhappy? If thy look fine don't fix what is not broken.
     
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    I have one saggy kenya tree, but I just got it yesterday. It had that green bubble algae all over the base, so I put a couple drops of iodine in a bucket of declorinated fw and scraped them off and dunked it. I have a small brain (the coral, not my own), the yellow polyps (happy) and small star polyps are hanging in there. I have a very small kenya that's ok, and a nice neon green leather tree that's doing nicely. I have a feeling I shocked the new arrivals with my LED's being on too long (14 hours). Didn't realize that was probably too much. I have one clown, one yellow tang, one red coral wrasse adolecent, one purple/yellow dottyback, one clam. a couple hermits, a few snails, a boxer shrimp. A maiden's hand plant, 2 large bunches of chaeto in a Aerofuge HOB refugeum & skimmer. 2 power heads. dsb in fuge and DT - and live rock. I did have a Phosban type bag in the refugeum, but took that out. Someone posted they'd had trouble with theirs crashing their tank. I'm also worried about that wrasse burrowing in the dsb. Won't that release bad stuff into the water?
     
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    Why are you dipping your corals in RO or FW? I did that once, never did it again, I prefer my corals to be alive. :p
     
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    It had green bubble algae on it. :(

    (or bacteria or whatever it is...) Big dark green bubbles.
     
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