need some help from you expert reef keepers
I've been having problems with macro algae and about the only thing left I can think of that may be causing this issue is excessive phosphate. Of course already having algae in my system my phosphate is showing a tace ( between 0 and 0.1 ppm
- yellow being 0 and green being 0.1 - the test comes up as a light yellowish green tint).
My nitrates seem to hang about 10ppm or so. Ph normally about 8.2 but I've had issues with this lately - added kent marine buffer this morning when I found the PH had somehow went down to 7.8 roughly. SG
is 1.024-1.025, temp 78, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate approx 10-20 ( somewhere in between) calcium 400-410, carbonate hardness I need to test.
What I want to know is what is the best way to further reduce my phosphates / nitrates? I've tried a lot of things, read a lot of websites ( even those linked here) and nothing seems to help.
heres my stats / what i've tried:
55 gallon. livestock: 1 small yellow tang, 2 common clowns, 1 coral beauty 1 royal gramma. I also have about 5 snals, about 5 hermits ( they keep dying off, Ive tried to add more) a sally lightfoot, an orange linkia, a smal ltiger serpant star, small frag of green star polyps, mushrooms, and small zoo frag. about 80 lbs of live rock, 15lbs of sand.
I use a coralife skimmer 65. Replaced my PC
( 2 x 96 watt) 4 months ago. I have two koralia 3's.. one I just pointed up at the surface to aggitate it today. ( I recently read more aeration may help reduce phosphate?)
I do about 10-20% PWC
every two weeks with RO
water and reef crystals. I top off with a gallon of ro
fresh water every other day. I scrub the heck out of the live rock to get the hiar algae off as well. I vacuum the sand
I've added a HOB
roughly 3 gallon fuge with a small amt of chaeto ( though it seems to be thinning out / dying off) I use a reverse lighting cycle with this.
I feed once a day - macro algae for the tang, small pinch or saltwater pellet food. I stopped using regular flake food a while back.. no big change.
I'm at a loss. Where do I go from here? Get a phospate reactor? Buy more soft corals? ( Iwas told they use up phosphate) I've tried about every trick on the internet I could find about controlling macro.. but to no avail. Your Help has always been and always will be appreciated.. thanks in advance!