Somewhat new to the hobby, have had my tank up and running for about 7 months now. I used to use a magnet to clean some brown algea on the sides of my tank, and if I did this every day or every other day it was no big deal and spotless.
6 weeks ago however, I crashed in a motocross race and broke my tib/fib some ribs and completely shattered my collar bone... needing surgeries and all of that. So I was laid up for a while and just now can use the magnet but in no way can scrap the sides due to my collar bone being a lame duck for months still. As you can see, in that 6 weeks my algae problem got out of control! I tested my phosphates and they were at around 2 (PPM
or whatever the measurement is, can't remember right now, blame the drugs).
So I bought a phosphate reactor and set it up yesterday and will let that do it's thing. My question is, will that starve out the algae and this stuff will go away on its own, or will I still have to scrape and the reactor will just stop future growth once phosphates are at zero? Are phosphates the main source of my problem? I filled up the initial fill with tap water like a dummy and have been fighting algae since but I now have an RODI
and use that exclusively for PWC
and topping off so I'm sure that will help too.
So do I need to get a neighbor to scrape this algae off? Also, is this just regular ole' brown algae?