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Old 07-16-2014, 05:56 PM   #61
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Die off of any kind will set it off.
Buildup of detritus in areas you can't clean also can cause an issue.

As I mentioned before, eliminate as much excess organic material you can without starving the fish. Then use a phosphate absorbing material like GFO or Phosgard to outcompete the algae.


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Old 07-17-2014, 08:42 AM   #62
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Yeah I will toss in a fresh Phosguard pouch and see what that does for me.
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I'd even check the TDS of your water. Maybe it's time to change filters or resin.
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Changing them out is on my list, but my TDS is 0.
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Phosguard in the reactor for me as well. 160 gph. Water rodi is new system and tds is0.


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I added two phosguard pouches today after my PWC (which still had zero phosphates). I also scrubbed off about 80% of my rock in a separate bucket of new saltwater and rinsed thoroughly. The only stuff I couldn't clean were the ones that are sitting on the floor of the tank, so I had to pick them as well as I could with my hands.

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Probably too late but always rinse Phosgard before using.


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Yeah it gets hot when you first get it wet.

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Oh, and FWIW, I cut my lighting in half, to about 4hrs a day. I was able to siphon most of the gunk out of the sand too during my PWC yesterday.

I tested my water, and, as usual, everything shows up exactly where it should be. Obviously, the algae is consuming the phosphates, which is why it's reading 0.00 on my Hanna checker. I'm hoping that by scrubbing it off and getting the Phosguard running, I will finally beat the problem.
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I'm gonna start a new thread for algae turf scrubbers. I think I'm gonna pull most the rocks from my sump and shift things around to accommodate a scrubber. Nothing else is working.

As for lighting, 2 weeks ago I pulled about half my rocks from the DT and put them into a separate, covered tank to try and kill off the algae with total darkness. Checked again today and there's still freaking green lush algae on the rocks. Sure its slowly (and I mean SLOWLY) disappearing, but it seems to me that reducing lighting schedule is about as effective as yelling at the algae. I mean, seriously, the curing container is aerated (because it has a lid), circulated, heated and magnesium dosed, and still there is plenty of algae. I would have expected to see it die off and nitrates to slowly rise. NOPE!!
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