100% of my algae, cyano
, and diatom problems went away after I got a UV
filter. I've actually tripled lighting in the last month.
Maybe this is a coincidence, but after 4 months, algae dissappearing the week after I installed a UV
is a sign to me.
Not a single brown spot on the sand or glass, no hair algae, none of that black stuff, nada.
I always used to have a big algae bloom (cloudy, milky white water) after a PWC
of more than a few gallons. No more.
The protein skimmer did little to cut back on problem algae and diatoms (but it sure cleared up the water).
Yet, my coralline is growing like mad (with a little help from Purple Up). Even with a couple dozen snails and a blenny eating it off the back glass, I expect it will be covered with pink and purple coralline in another couple months.
180G build thread
180G All-glass with dual megaflows in a custom stand
AquaC EV-180 skimmer
250 pounds LR
160 pounds aragonite
Custom acrylic sump from GlassCages.com
2xPCX-40 return pumps
2x250MH 14K, 2x175MH 14K - PFO lighting, 2x65W PC
No-name 36W UV
Water General 125GPH RO/DI