What is this white stuff with hairy tip?

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  1. nly04

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    I noticed I have a lot of this white stuff with hairy tip. what are they? Good or bad and how tonget rid off them? image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
  2. muhli

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    Can't really see too early from the pics, but from your description its probably Q-tip sponges or pineapple sponges. I have the same thing. Seems to be going away now.
     
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    Hard to tell from the pictures but I think they are pineapple sponges.
     
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    After google it this morning, Like Mike and Muhli said they are look like pineapple sponge. How to get rid of them without using chemical or crab? I had bad experience with crab so I will not have any crab in my DT.
     

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    Cut down on feeding/nutrient dosing to reduce these sponges. From what I've seen, everyone goes through this bloom a few times in their system...
     
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    I notice I have a large amount of white bacteria stuff in the canister chamber of the Bio pellet reactor. I will take some picture later when I get home tonight. Im not sure this is the source of the problem.
     
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    They are not a big problem. Theyre just kinda annoying to some people. Some people think theyre good. They filter feed.

    I had a few and now I dont see any.
     
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    Like nav and ender said. It's because of nutrient problems. I had a small bloom that recently started disappearing. Its super ugly to look at. I just think of it as a better way to know you have a nutrient problem rather than having any of the dreaded algae.
     
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    Is there a way to test nutrient? my water test result as:
    Salinity: 1.025
    Cal: 470
    MAG: 1480
    ALK: 8.0
    PO4: 0.04
    NO3: 0.08

    At the moment, I run bio pellet, GFO and Carbon, Im thinking to shut down the Bio pellet reactor.
     
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    your numbers look good to the most part...I was always told not to run Bio-pellets with GFO as GFO reactor eliminates po4 and to run a bio-pellet reactor (carbon dosing) you need some amounts of po4 & no3 for the reaction to work and not stall out your bio-pellet reactor...

    If you do cut out the bio-pellet reactor I would check your po4 & no3 every couple days to make sure they don't go up and out of control.
     
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    I start running my gfo for about a 10 days when I notice I have more algae then normal, it help to reduce the algae.
    I notice a lot of people state that bio pellet remove more Nitrate than Phosphate with 15 part of Nitrate and 1 part of Phosphate or 15:1 ratio., it very true in my case. I do test every week since I swap my tank.
    Cause Im trying to tune it to the sweat spot, my bio pellet tumbling very nice and slow, I also turn output at a slow state. Let me try to take a short video of my sump set up and upload tonight when I get home.
     
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    Yes my bio-pellets drop my no3 more than my po4 that is why I started dosing brightwell Phoshat-E at mix with RODI water 50/50 mix to get me in the Redfield ratio 16:1

    I wouldn't stop the bio-pellet reactor if it was me... But each system is different

    Jon
     
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    You mean you adding phosphate in your system? I have too much phosphate that I try to remove it.
     
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    No not adding Phosphat-E removes phosphates and I mix it 50/50 with RO/DI Water so I can run it threw a dosing pump....but on another note I do have bottles of nitrogen & phosphorus to dose if my system or bio-pellet reactor was to stall out and read zero in po4 or no3...but that is a whole different conversation...lol
     

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