I have a 50 gallon tank with about 70 lbs of live rock. 2 clowns, a firefish, a rock blenny and a mandarin dragonette. I have 10 hermit crabs, 5 snails and 2 emerald crabs. For coral I have bubble coral, a small hammer head coral, a small frogspawn, a duncan and a rose anemone. I have a eheim canister filter and a red sea hang on protein skimmer.
My tank has been running for just over a year now and I started getting into coral a few months ago. As I started to get more and more coral I wanted to upgrade my lighting from my 2 T8 bulbs that I had that was giving me about 50 Watts. I went into my LFS
and he was clearing out his stock of Power Compact lighting. Since I was on a budget I decided to go for a 220 Watt set that he sold me for $100.
I've had the new lighting in for about a month in a half now and ever since then, hair algae has been getting worse and worse. My LFS
told me its my tank getting used to the new lighting, which may take 2-3 months. But I wonder if its because the lighting kit was sitting around for awhile and the bulbs may be old, even though they have never been used.
All of my parameters for nitrate, ammonia and phosphate are 0, I use RO
water and I added phosphate remover to my canister filter.
What do you guys think it could be?