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Old 05-05-2015, 10:16 PM   #1
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Hair algae idk why????

2 month old tank and i have hair algea going out of control. Levels are great ph 8.3
Amm 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate under 5. Looks like 0
Phosphate 0
Alkalinity 9
Calcium has been getting really low down to 290 for some reason. I cant remove the algea it wont come off and it is growing very fast. I got 4 t5ho bulbs but i inly been running 2 lately. I have 2 clowns and a shrimp

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If you have algae, it is feeding off of nitrates and phosphates. That is why you have a reading of 0. You can't pull it out because it is strong from the food source in the water column.
Are you using ro/di water? Are you feeding flake/pellets? How often are water changes and how large?
Your calcium is low most likely because of your alkalinity being high, mag being out of whack, or that you aren't using a reliable test kit. For these tests, Red Sea, Salferit, or Hanna checkers are the only reliable enough. That said, why are you testing for calcium when it is a soft coral dominated tank?
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Im using distilled water. And i do a 25% change every week and i feed once a day the slightest amound just barely enough for the fish to survive

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And dont i have to have the calcium in the mid 400's for a reef tank or does it not even matter

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Well, distilled isn't 0 tds so it might be coming in that way. I use distilled and I have algae.
What test kit are you using for that calcium reading?
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They aren't accurate at all. I wouldn't trust that reading. With water changes like you're describing I'm sure it is fine.
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I was looking at the red sea test i think ill get that.

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