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Old 11-16-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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I Give Up!

I've been battling hair aglae for about a year now and I just can't take it anymore.

I've scrubbed the rocks more times than I can remember, I pwc every week, I do not over feed, I don't have the led lights on for very long at all during the day, I use ro water, I am not overstocked with fish. Phosphates, trites, and ammonia are all 0. Trates don't go above 10.

Is there anything else I can do besides stripping it down and starting over? The tank has been up for almost 3 years now. I love the hobby, but I just can't keep putting in so much work for something that looks like crap.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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You can try blacking out your tank for a few days. That worked for me as a last resort on my old tank.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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I have a RBTA that needs the light or I would.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:23 PM   #4
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Are there dead spots in the tank? 3 years could lead to one heck of a big pile of stuff causing your issue...
Have you changed your filters on your ro/di and tested the water coming from your unit? You could just be putting back the nitrate/phosphates back into the system that you are trying to remove...and then test 0 for them because the algae you are growing is consuming all of it!
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Oh, and how often do you feed? What do you feed? Cutting back there may assist this issue as well.
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There shouldn't be dead spots. I run a vortech mp10 that keeps it all moving pretty well. Its only a 40 G breeder. Yes, I am using ro/di water.

Feed about twice a week a mix of brine and mysis...and not very much at all. If I thaw 2 cubes, I usually end up tossing some of it.
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I feed the same way on my 55 reef. When was the last time you changed filters on your ro/di? Have you tested the water straight out of he unit?
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Stupi question, but so you keep any Mexican turbos? They cleaned my tank once and fr all...
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:29 PM   #9
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Yeah, I have a bunch of turbo snails in there and they haven't helped at all.
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Pooping creatures aren't fixing the underlying issue though.
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