We cut down the lights to four hours a day for a good two weeks, it didn't do anything to it.
Here is an updated picture. It seems like the dino is concentrated on the right and some species of green hair algae is concentrated on the left.
The reactors I have running now are running 24/7 and I just replaced the media about 3 weeks ago.
We also updated our skimmer about a month or two ago.
Skimz SN123 Monzter Mini Protein Skimmer - Bulk Reef Supply
- this is our new skimmer.
I know for a fact that our water has high silicates. I have battled diatomes in my very mature freshwater tank since the day I started it. I would still have issues if I did not have a fish in there cleaning it up for me. That problem has subsided in the saltwater tank since we started to run the phosphate reactor.
We are still doing weekly water changes of about 15% and I try to suck out as much of the dinos as I can.
You think we would be having this issue if we opted to buy live rock instead? : \