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Old 12-19-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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phosphate and hair algae confusion

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So, I'm starting to get a little bit of green hair algae on my rocks. I talk to the guy at my LFS and he tells me that I probably have high phosphates or high nitrates and that is contributing to my hair algae problem. SO..I test my phosphates and nitrates and they test 0ppm. I think...what else could it be...THEN..I read that the hair algae could be consuming the nitrates and phosphates giving you a false 0ppm reading..So...what can I do ? Is there something I can use to lower the possible invisible phosphate problem ?
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There are a handful of things you can do to keep low phosphates/nitrates. Make sure you use to/di water and feed minimally. This will prevent them from entering the tank as much as possible.
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My question is, does having hair algae mean you definitely have high nitrate/phosphates ? I do top offs with ro/di water and do 25% water changes weekly using my LFS salt water. I have a protein skimmer and feed every other day. My tank is fairly new...about 3 months
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It means there is something feeding it. The water coming from your LFS might not have 0 TDS, it is an unknown at this point.
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What's your stock list and how much do you feed?
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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I have two clowns and two chromis. I just tested the ro/di water that I use for top offs from my LFS and it tested 5 TDS. Would that be enough to cause a hair algae problem ?
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And how much do you feed them? Any inverts or clean up crew?
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I feed every other day. I have an assortment of snails ( about 5 or 6 ), a peppermint shrimp, and a serpent star.
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I mean the amount of food. Every other day is great, but if you're over feeding it's no bueno...
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Could be. Still an unknown what is in there since it tests for all disolved solids. This is why we aim for 0 and re-add the elements we want in our tanks with a good salt mix. Is this a bad outbreak?
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