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Old 01-31-2014, 08:53 PM   #1
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Algae Issue

I seem to be having an issue with hair algae in my tank. I have tested for nitrates and it tested for absolute 0 ppm. I don't have a phosphate kit but I doubt that that is the problem. I have LED lighting, specifically USA Current lighting that are adjustable in terms of light intensity. If I were to reduce my white lights by 20%, would this help solve the issue. Also, why kind of light fuels algae growth, white or actinic? I think that when my actinic lights shut off, the white lights fuel the algae growth because they stay on for an additional 15 minutes. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and what would be the ideal lighting schedule for maximum growth in a reef tank?
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Can you post a picture of your outbreak? If large enough, it can actually consume the nitrate and phosphate you are testing for! Leads to a big misconception and masks things going on in the tank at times.
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There are some pictures. Sorry for the poor quality. I think it has to do with my lighting, instead of the algae consuming the nitrates. Anyway, how can I fix it?
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There are links to the articles on algae control in my signature. The algae isn't just feeding off of the light itself.
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Are you using RODI water?

Do you have a sump?
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No sump but yeah I'm using Rodi water.

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How often do you feed?
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Once a day. Any food not eaten I remove.

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Are you checking the TDS of the RODI water?
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Is that seaclone skimmer skimming well? Should be emptying several times a week if you feed daily, which is way to much for one clownfish. You can easily feed twice a week and it be fat and healthy. The HOB filter pad changed monthly? What filter media are you running?
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