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    alright so i plumbed in a 20g frag tank into my main system. Run a quite one 3000 return on it and a koralia 1050 as flow.

    what i can't figure out is why HA is only growing in my frag tank and not my display?!?! and its only growing on the frags....

    the only thing i can think of is maybe the bulbs are bad? but they shouldn't be that old...any ideas?

    im getting sick of taking frags out and brushing them with a tooth brush to remove the algae growing over the plugs....

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    How long ago did you plumb the frag tank to the main?

    What type of lights are on the frag tank?

    How old are the bulbs on the frag tank?

    Describe the algae, pics if possible?

    Do you have an adequate clean up crew?

    If so, list what you currently have?


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    Please stop fragging your frags.......you'll eventually do more damage than good. Just let them grow.

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    ! Its gotta be the bulbs or lack of cuc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MUCHO REEF View Post
    How long ago did you plumb the frag tank to the main?

    What type of lights are on the frag tank?

    How old are the bulbs on the frag tank?

    Describe the algae, pics if possible?

    Do you have an adequate clean up crew?

    If so, list what you currently have?


    Mucho Reef
    What type of lights are on the frag tank? 4 bulb t5, DIY style

    How old are the bulbs on the frag tank? i dunno how old they are bought the setup from a guy said they were only used 6 months, and i've only had the tank set up about a month maybe.

    Describe the algae, pics if possible? green, hair algae type.

    Do you have an adequate clean up crew? no real cleanup to speak of.....atleast in the frag tank. its barebottom. does a clean up crew matter when im not feeding the tank at all?

    If so, list what you currently have?

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    I am in the same boat. My display as none but my frag tank does. I tried changing the bulbs but it did not do anything. I cant tell why.

    Before. I also have cyno in my display but I had no cyno in my frag tank. - I have not figured out till date why.

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    And what's the K value on those bulbs? I have an idea already what they are..

    What's the photoperiod on the frag tank as well?
    Please stop fragging your frags.......you'll eventually do more damage than good. Just let them grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MUCHO REEF View Post
    And what's the K value on those bulbs? I have an idea already what they are..

    What's the photoperiod on the frag tank as well?
    12:30-9:30...as far as the k value ill report back soon....

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    bulbs are 2 icecap twilight bulbs, 1 10k and 1 blue +

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    Seems like a common problem then. I have the exact same issue going on. I also have a bare bottom frag tank hooked into my main display. I have a 6- line wrasse in there, along with maybe 4 or 5 snails, and like 5 blue leg hermits. I have a 250 mh with a XM 20k though.thinking of getting more clean up crew.

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    Sorry for all the questions, but MOST every tank related issue can be resolved through a process of elimination.

    Forgot to ask, are you running a skimmer? Yep, even though the systems are linked and you're only having algae issues in one, I want to know if you are running a skimmer?

    I think I know what your problem is, but instead of typing a book, I want to try and find something I read on line a year ago which says the exact same thing. Back soon.
    Please stop fragging your frags.......you'll eventually do more damage than good. Just let them grow.

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