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Old 01-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hair Algea

I've been using tap water for the last five years or so not had any issues the town has now changed the entire water system over the last four months and I have had hair algea blow up like crazy. This stuff is as fine as hair I cannot get it to slow up I've cut the light back to 8 hours even removed some of my live rock just so I don't have to clean as much to scrub weekly I vacuum as much as I can. Which doesn't leave to much for hermit crabs to eat. All levels test fine phosphates are 0 new bulbs. ???? Any ideas
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What is your nitrate reading?
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:03 PM   #3
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All levels of cycle are fine I do min 20% weekly
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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All levels aren't fine if all of the sudden you have a nuisance algae outbreak, no matter what your test kits are saying. i would get an R.O.D.I. unit and stop using the tap water.
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I am looking at a captive purity R/O unit anyone have suggestions or good or bad experience with them
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R.O.D.I. Units are all basically the same except for the bells and whistles. Some have pressure gauges, some have in-line T.D.S. meters, and these are good things to have, but inside the filters are the same.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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Got the rodi unit should I change all water at same time or just use it in weekly water changes any opinions
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The more water you change out now the better. You will cut the nutrients that the algae is feeding on significantly and cause it to die off in a timely manner. After me starting my first ever saltwater tank over a month ago using tap water I had a hair algae outbreak switched to ro di and withinin two weeks it was gone like it was never there. I changed about %50 then did 20% for three days after and it killed the algae as quick as that.
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Not just tap water either. I`m sure that has alot to do with it but How much you feed and what you are feeding are big factors also.
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