Looks a lot like BBA. Do you have a drop checker or other method to determine your co2 levels (besides the bps)? How do you diffuse the co2?
I use a drop checker from Black Sunshine it always reads a light green color. I defuse the CO2 into a Rex Grigg reactor it is then returned to the tank from the spray bar. Spray bar is set about 6 inches from the bottom of the tank and has been customized to go along the side instead of the back. I have the return to the XP3 on the other side of the tank (it's a 4' tank) and I have a Maxi jet 900 which comes on during the lights/CO2 off peroids to get rid of the remaining CO2 left in the tankLooks a lot like BBA. Do you have a drop checker or other method to determine your co2 levels (besides the bps)? How do you diffuse the co2?
I think I will need to buy a less powerful powerhead, as the one I have is able to be fully in the water is has a lot of power.I would change the solution in the checker to be on the safe side. The powerhead adjusted to its lowest setting an placed in the right spot will move the co2 enriched water aroud the tank and especially so if you have a lot of plant mass.
BTW Is your powerhead the kind that will mount fully submerged underwater? If not, I can understand you concerns now so let me clarify by saying you should only use one that can be mounted fully submerged and if it has an air suction capability do not use this, all you want from the Phead is to supply movement underwater. Use the lowest setting too, a LGPH phead would be best so that you don't not create to much movement underwater and cause plants to dance wildly.
Probably.the drop checker is right above the spray bar, maybe that is why it reads perfect???????????
Err......needs changed every 2-3 weeks tops.Move DC to as far away from CO2 injection point as possiable and change to fresh liquid (it has been months since I changed it)
I doubt this has much to do with things.Get low GPH powerhead and place above spray bar (where CO2 is injected) to move the CO2 rich water around the tank better.
An almost certainty:thumbsup:Most likely (afte checking with fresh solutioned DC) crank up the CO2.
Leave things at low light for awhile. 3 weeks say.QUESTIONS:
I turned off 1 set of lights this morning so right now this 55 gal only has 130 watts over it. With possibly turning up the CO2 when should I turn back on the other set of lights? (keeping in mind the CO2 only gets turned up after all the above steps are finsihed and I actualy don't have enough in the tank) Also should I contunie to dose EI, with less light going into the tank?
Thanks Tom, and it has been most of this last month while I watch my reef tank florish away............I am a trader.Err......needs changed every 2-3 weeks tops.
I doubt this has much to do with things.
An almost certainty:thumbsup:
Leave things at low light for awhile. 3 weeks say.
Get the tank clean first.
You can do the 3x a week 50-60% water change and add double dose of excel each time.
This will kill it pretty quick.
But things will be ratty for awhile, but be patient, add Excel and crank the CO2.
You can dose 1/2 the EI amount if you wish till the tank is clean.
Trim, prune, clean etc, water changes, Excel, watch CO2 closer, stop neglecting things till they get this bad in the future.
It takes generally weeks of abuse/not watching CO2 to get a bad case like this.
I have learned my lesson, I think since i set up the low light no CO2 7 gal I have gotten lazy with the 55 gal high light CO2 system, and the reef shouldn't be an excuse considing it is about 15 inches away from this negelected tank.....I am a trader and a loser rofl. Anyway I am going to pick up some excel today and I will begin the road to recovery. I tried to order some new DC solution from blacksunshine but he hasn't gotten back to me, Tom you leave around here any idea where I can buy some premade?Well, you can bring this back without losing much, the reef?
Certain death. Well depends on what you have and your routine.
Non CO2 planted tanks can handle a month or more of abuse.
As long as you add water for evaporation, feed the fish etc consistently.........
So there's a trade off available for each bad and good habit out there.