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Old 02-19-2014, 08:56 PM   #1
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I am so sick of algae

I tried vodka and my snails all died

My crappy API test kit says no nitrates and no phosphates

I was using kent phos sponge and it seems to have an effect I switched to rowa gfo in a media bag with good flow and I don't see much change

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:30 PM   #2
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With large algae blooms, you won't be able to test for the nitrates/phosphates they are feeding off of them because they are using all of it up. Using phosphate media is just one step. There are 2 guides to algae in my signature that will help. It might also be necessary to manually remove the algae, either by hand during water changes or by just taking the rock out and scrubbing it down.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:36 PM   #3
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I don't know your tank and don't mean to be obvious but are you using RODI water?
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #4
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It all started when I went away and my nephew was looking after my tank

I came back and 6 months of frozen food was gone and the siphon on my overflow box was broken

Thick brown algae everywhere

It's better now but I seem to have stalled in the recovery process
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:48 PM   #5
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Oh, I'm so sorry. That's the curse of this hobby, it's your baby that nobody else can really love like you do. Like anyone would say, a good water change and cleanup will do wonders. Best luck to you, your tank, and your nephew.
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Did your nephew survive the return?

Do you have any macro algae growing anywhere?
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Dare I ask how long you were gone that he dropped in 6 months worth of food?

Do massive water changes, back to back...50% or more if you are able to. While you are siphoning out the water, suck up the algae off the sand, and use a clean toothbrush to clean it from the rock and suck it up, as well.

If you don't have corals (or even if you do), lights out for 3-4 days. I would suggest minimal feeding (2-3 days a week)...the fish can live off their fat stores for a couple of days.
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Nephew is fine...fired from his job as fish watcher

I have some calerpa taxifolia that I was using as nutrient export when I harvested it. It would wither away when I would add the kent phosphate sponge.
Now it is green again since I switched to gfo

I have a small sump just big enough for my skimmer and sock so I don't see a regugium in the future.

I have a HOB filter that I have my GFO in. Should I ditch it? Does the cheap carbon in the HOB cartridge release phosphates?
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Ditch the carbon in your HOB. Use Purigen and Phosguard along with your GFO.
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Odd thing is I had white coralline all over the glass and pink coralline on the bottoms of rocks and in shadows I'm thinking there was some nutrient deficiency in my water that made the algae bleach in the light?
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