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    ? for those that grow phyto

    mine has been bubbling for a couple of weeks now and i notice that the is stuff starting to settle out over 12 hrs. when i mix it up ( i do it once or twice a day ) it stay suspended for hours and is a nice shade of green.

    my questions are:

    should i split it now and leave the bottom inch or two in the bottle?
    do you think this is a sign i didn't use enough food?

    thanks for any help you can offer.
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    read it up on reefcrew page... did you feed them with fertilizer?

    my culture crashed today, kinda disappointed... lol

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    My phyto is ready in 8-10 days max and I have very little sediment in the bottom of my gallon jars when they're empty. Seems to me that 1-1/2" of sediment is totally unreasonable and likely means your phyto has crashed.

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    there isn't and 1 1/2", more like the size of a dime or less. ( i was going to leave an inch or two in the bottom to try no transfer to the new bottles ) yes, i used fertilizer. i think i should split it and see how it goes. it has been running for 2 weeks now and is a very nice shade of green
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    I don't use more than 80% of any container at any one time so it makes for a faster recovery time.
    I do get a little "sediment" which is just the heavier particles of the nanno as nanno is a non motile algae.
    As for culture "crashes", my regular containers are 26g rubbermaids but I still keep 2 cider jugs on the go as a safety measure in case I screw up big time and do the same thing to all the big containers and loose them. The gal cider jugs are always done at a different time so that there is less chance of my wiping out everything all at the same time.
    So far, the worst I've done is not add enough fertilizer and the culture "yellows" on me, but adding fertilizer to that container brings it back again in a couple of days.
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