Originally Posted by AbsoluteFaye
Lights are on for maybe 7 hours now total. Water changes.... I should probably do more. It's like every 2-3 weeks. :/ I know, I know. But if that honestly helps ill do it no problem.
This is the issue. As with all algae problems its either an import or an export issue. In this case it seems its export. Dont let the nitrate and phosphate test fool you becuase you have nitrates and phosphates, its bound in the algae.
Once algae starts to grow it consumes any additional nitrates and phosphates as they become available.
Cutting back your photoperiod will not solve nutrient issues and really just stresses the tank out. Completely unneccesary.
You need to manually remove the algae and do a large water change. And the continue waterchanges weekly along with removing any algae.
Most problems in a fish tank can be solved with waterchanges. Your already a step ahead since you have a phosphate reactor however it would be a good idea to swap out your media and possibly up the amount you use.
29g Mixed Reef, 150w 14k Phoenix MH w/ Moonlights, Reef Octopus BH1000 HOB Skimmer, Ecotech Vortech MP10es, ReefKeeper Lite (Plus), PH Probe, Temp Probe, ATO, Carbon/GFO Reactor.