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Old 07-19-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Green Hair Algae

I have a Green hair algae problem on all rocks of my tank and on my zoos. I don't know where the phosphates are coming from. I only have 2 fish and allot of coral. My lfs advised to vodka dose everyday. I started that on Friday. Could my phosphates be coming from old ro/di filters? I just ordered them yesterday so they will be replaced. I have 50 Gallon hex with a 400 w mh.
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Check out this checklist on nuisance algea

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Will my corals suffer if i turn the light off for a week?
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Depends on what`s in the tank. I would think maybe 4-5 days. Some ways phosphates can get in the tank is your old filters and RO membrane. Could also come from your food. If it was me I would cut back on feeding to every other day or even every three days. I would run your lights only 3-4 hours a day. Remember it did not start over nite and it wont go away over nite. One more thing I would do is frequent PWC`s and when you draw the water out try to siphon as much algea out as you can.
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What do you know about vodka dosing?
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Its what I do when Ive had a rough day...Seems to help as I sit down, dose some vodka, then get to work cleaning algae from the tank.
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I've been using NP-Biopellets for over a month. It's a form of solid vodka dosing. My nitrates have dropped to the 2 range from 50+, but my phosphates have not really dropped much yet.

My water is crystal clear (after glass scraping during pwc last weekend).

I plan on adding GFO this weekend.
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How long can you run those Biopellets before replacing them? They are really expensive.
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Seahares knock out algae REALLY fast.
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