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Old 11-05-2014, 10:17 AM   #21
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it could definitely be the water though, if your not testing tds ?
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:11 AM   #22
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What tests do you suggest


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Old 11-05-2014, 11:20 AM   #23
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I'm going to get a tds meter and start feeding frozen. If that doesn't stop the algae il get an ro/di but I honestly don't think the water I'm using is the problem. What's a good brand of water tests, and what tds meter should I get


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Old 11-05-2014, 11:28 AM   #24
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hanna tds test works good for me, make sure to test before adding saltwater ( for tds )

Redsea makes good tests I believe


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Old 11-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #25
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it could definitely be the water though, if your not testing tds ?
+1 RO water is available commercially but not RO/DI. Even if it is, it won't be cheap and you can't be sure of TDS level content. TDS meter costs about $20 on line.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:32 AM   #26
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I think mine was 10 on Amazon.


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Old 11-12-2014, 02:29 AM   #27
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API has a marine algaefix, and/or try carbon dosing via Red Sea PO-NOX or vodka. Do some research. Picking it out manually is your best bet initially.


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Old 11-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #28
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API has a marine algaefix, and/or try carbon dosing via Red Sea PO-NOX or vodka. Do some research. Picking it out manually is your best bet initially.


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why spend money on all that, all he needs is rodi water and water changes and the problem should subside


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Old 11-12-2014, 11:03 AM   #29
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Things I learned from my tank:

- Tanks with LR less than 4-6 months old result GHA due to NO3/PO4 releases.
- Ultra powerfull lighting stimulate algae. Same for old fluo bulbs (>1year)
- Always use RODI for topoff (optional: adding trace of kalk to prevent dinos)
- Always use RODI for waterchanges. Use QUALITY SALT too. Some salts are not good.
- Find if there's any dead stuff in the tank... Sometime a big dead snail or shrimp result this temporarly.
- Is your tank overstocked?
- Also if you test NO3 or PO4 with API test kits, you'll never see any readings, use RedSea test kits or anything better than API.

If all of this doesn't work, and you have a powerfull protein skimmer, you can use NOPOX (NO3-PO4-X from RedSea). This will reduce NO3/PO4 to undetectables levels.

Stomatella snails are very good algae eaters, but algae eaters doesn't fix the problem, it just patch it as the algae are returned to the NO3/PO4 form, so the algae cycle continue.
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Nopox is $20 and it takes me 6 months to use up. Api algaefix is 10 for a small bottle, it calls for tiny measured amounts 3 days apart. Of course rodi water should be used.


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