Originally Posted by Zer0
Also, what do you think the cause of the hair algae could be? Do you use ro
water? Do you cut back on the feeding a little or shorten the time the lights are on? Just wondering..
I'm glad you are starting another tank!
I'm not exactly sure what is causing the hair algae. I believe it started on some corals that I got either from my lfs
or from another hobbyist. I have to be careful what I buy from my lfs
as they have alot of algaes in their tanks.
I use ro
water and I have cut back on feeding. I was feeding frozen foods every 3-4 days and making sure I rinse in ro
before feeding. I cut back on the lights a while ago and just recently cut back even more. My lights were on for a total of 8 hours with the actinics and 1 10K on first and last and all 6 bulbs on for only 5 hours. Now the lights are on for a total of 6 hours with all the bulbs on for only 3 or 4 hours (I forget how I set it).
My laziness with water changes hasn't helped the hair algae, but I have tried to do water changes every 7 days...it just doesn't always happen.
I have a phosphate reactor but when I was going to install it before I couldn't get it working to where it didn't have the gfo
coming out of the output...I don't want that in my tank.
So, I'm going to try again this week to get it installed...hopefully that will take care of any phosphates I have.
If I can't get a handle on this algae, I might just buy a 20g and a new light fixture and move everything over. I can't imagine a smaller tank will be any easier to care for though, but atleast it will start out clean.