It's been a while.
just looking to see if I could get a bit of advice. I have a few things to try yet, but I'd like to see if anyone had any other advice that might help.
I have a 55 gallon just begining reef ( only 3 small polyps) with a 2-3 gallon HOB
fuge with culerpa ( had a small amt accidently mixed in with chaeto I found out - from the lfs
, it kind of took over the chaeto)
I have only a handful of snails, maybe 3-5 hermits, sally light foot crab, emerald crab, 2 peppermint shrimp, a scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp, and a tiny tiger serpant star. My livestock includes a small frag of watermellon mushrooms, small frag of zoos, small frag of green star polyps as well as 2 common clowns, a royal gramma, small coral beauty and a small juvie yellow tang ( I know about the tang, please stick to the question asked)
My lighting is 2 x 96 watt PC
50/50 bulbs.. they were a year old, replaced them today with brand new bulbs. I also have metal halides which I dont keep on at the moment.
I also have a coralife super skimmer 65
My problem being is I cant seem to keep control of the green hair algae. It grows constantly on the rocks. I've also recently have been having problems with cyanobacteria ( red slime algae) I'm a bit frustrated.. need some advice on how to control it better.
tank stats: temp 78, SG
1.023, ph approx 8.0 earlier this am, ammonia - 0 to trace ( I think my tests may be getting old.. it wasnt completely yellow but didnt reach 0.25) nitrite 0, nitrate about 5-10ppm, looked like trace of phospate, calcium 400ppm, carbonate hardness 143.2 ppm gh
I'm thinking this may be related to me either a) feeding to much or b) possibly the old lights ( may see improvement now??)
I generally feed seaweed flakes + either quarter of frozen or a pinch of pellet once a day
Any help greatly appreciated!