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Old 12-27-2013, 10:31 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Breakthecycle2 View Post
No water tests 0 TDS and your phosphates are def not zero. What test kit are you using?
Disagree, change all your filters and membrane and you will get 0 TDS but it is short lived, 0-5 is a real number, but like I said something doesn't make sense, 0 tds and 0 phosphates, then there is no way of having hair algae.

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Old 12-27-2013, 11:34 PM   #12
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It is probably a false phosphate reading from the algae using it up.

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Old 12-27-2013, 11:54 PM   #13
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I agree with the false phosphate result. I would manually remove as much algae as possible, scrubbing, scraping, etc. Then I would check the plates after daily afterwards to see where you are really at with them. If there's a higher reading, then something is in your water source. Or food source?? I use to use tap water to melt the frozen food and dump in the whole thing. Meaning I obviously was adding tap water toy tank. Didn't even think about it when I used to feed that way.
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What kind of clean up crew do you have. In a 20gal tank you should have about 10 to 15 blue leg hermit crabs. They will devastate hair algae. Your not going to see nitrates in your water test because the algae is consuming it. I think you are doing everything right with the water changes, and the R/O water. You probably just had some on the live rock when you bought it, or a little was on a coral that you bout and it spread without having something that would eat it. Just get more crabs, (BLUE LEG'S). You will be very happy. I overfeed my tank, I have no skimmer, and I have not done a water change in over a year. I just have a good clean up crew and a deep sand bed. The only thing I clean is my glass and filter pad. You can also get a yellow tang. They will eat a lot of hair algae. Good luck.

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