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Old 10-24-2012, 11:16 AM   #241
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the gray/lumpy stuff has long hairs in it now and i take it out every day but it comes back the next day. i tested the tank last night: ammonia, nitrites, nitrates all 0, phosphates 2.5. can't get better than that. decided my next step is measuring tds. anyone go along with this idea and have a suggestion for a good tds monitor, easy to use and won't break the bank?
What's your phosphates? That is probably the cause to the algae. It doesn't take much to fuel algae growth (less then what most tests can accurately read).
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:30 PM   #242
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Phosphates are 2.5
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That's is VERY high. Reef tanks should be as close to 0 as possible.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #244
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According to what I have read 2.5 is about as low as it can get. I have a phosphate sponge in the trickle filter as well as Seachem's phosphate removal beads.
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What brand of test are you using? Really, to get the readings as accurate and low as you need digital testers are the only way to go like the Hannah checker
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Using Salifert kits. I've been looking at Hanna testers. There are several. Trying to decide what to get. I forgot whether Hanna has a tds meter. Have to look that up. Where would the cheapest of these be?
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Using Salifert kits. I've been looking at Hanna testers. There are several. Trying to decide what to get. I forgot whether Hanna has a tds meter. Have to look that up. Where would the cheapest of these be?
Under .5 or lower 2.5 on phosphates is extremely high
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:09 AM   #248
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ok. so, how do i get the phosphate reading down. i already have the sponge and the beads. they were just put in the middle of last week and i clean the tank every week. this week, it was tuesday and i took the readings 12 hours later. i figure it must be the water i get from the lfs. i get sw and top off from them. therefore, i'm guessing it's not me, it's the water. i need to figure out what to do.
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Could be what you feed or how much. Also I've heard of some water storage containers leaching phosphates. It could also be leaching from your sand/rocks.. so many possiblities right now
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Great! So what do I do? I have to clean up the hairy stuff again tomorrow and by Monday it will be a mess again. I fed Cyclop-eeze yesterday and flake food this morning so maybe I am feeding too much. The tank seems to do so much better when I feed something different daily or every other day....except this algae problem.
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