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Old 09-06-2006, 12:19 PM   #1
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Phosphate removers?

I am having a major hair algae problem....it comes and goes, as soon as my snails have it all cleaned up, it suddenly grow back in a couple days.

I have no no3 in my tank, so I am convinced it has to be phospahtes.

What is the best method for phosphate removal?
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Ideal would be PWCs. Does your top off water have phosphates? You have any sponges in the filter/tank?
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I do 10 % pwcs once a week with RO/DI....it is a 10 gal nano. I dont know if the water has any PO4, but it is from the LFS and their tanks have no algae, so I doubt it.

I have extremly high light, 9.6 WPG. The algae problems started a 3 months ago with the addition of the light.

My params are as follows.....NO3-0, NO2-0, NH3/4-0, PH-8.4, Alk-2.5...I need a phospate test kit...I might just take it to the LFS and have them check it.

My tank is about 11 months old, and is extrmely stable....I have one neon dottyback, a peppermint shrimp, and some hermits and snails, and a couple little serpent stars.

I have been battleing a flatworm problem latley by syphoning them out, but I have added no chemicals.

Other than that all is well in tank land.
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I dont know if the water has any PO4, but it is from the LFS and their tanks have no algae
They also probably have a rather large amount of water and filtration. I would check their water.
They sell you their water, right out of their tanks?
How long do you run your lights?
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I have a ton of filtration, and flow. I have a modified skilter that works extremly well, It has a limewood airstone.

They have nanos all over their store, they have 2 10 gal nanos, a 5 gal nano, and none of them have algae.....

And the water isnt out of the tank, it is from their RO/DI system, and then I mix it with my own salt.
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And the water isnt out of the tank, it is from their RO/DI system, and then I mix it with my own salt.
Oh, ok, I was hoping they didn't just give you water from their tanks! Sorry for the misunderstanding! LOL!
Alright, let's go back to your lighting cycle. How long do you run your lights?
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Get a Phosphate test kit and check that first. How often do you feed and how much?
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if you test 0 for phosphates it does not mean you do not have any. The phosphates can be in the sandbed and liverocks and leaching out. The Hair algae will use the phosphates before they can reach the water column therefore phosphates will not come up on the test. I just had a bad hair algae problem and I used Rowa-phos in a phosban reactor. I put the rowa in a micron bag and the whole bag in the phosban reactor. It worked for me but don't just take my word, read up on the stuff its great
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a phosban reactor works great. but you should find the source of your phosphates. what do you feed? how often? do you rinse your food ( if it is frozen )? how old are the lights?
there is one brand of frozen food that i get cyano with no matter how i rinse it.

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which brand? if i feed formula 1 i get it
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