OK so I have a question for everyone... i have a 90g with a basement fuge.. my 90g overflow goes down to two rubbermaid holding tanks - one with my ps and one with a ton of chaeto macro algae. From these two, water flows from the top to a middle rubbermaid tank which contains my return pump and nothing else.
I have been having a terrible algae issue...it is growing uncontrollably everywhere - I have small traces of phosphates (0.05mg/L), use RO
water, and have a cleanup crew (my snails seem to die quite quickly for some reason, but fish, shrimp seem to be fine)... anyway I thought that perhaps an issue might be that I never included mechanical filtration in my basement setup.
I recently started adding some cheap polyester floss to the returns mentioned above in some media trays that I devised (using egg crate), and change those once a week. They seem to trap quite a bit of brown stuff!
First, do any of you use any form of mechanical filtration in a LR
-based filtration system? And might the additional removal of this stuff aide in my algae problem?