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Old 07-10-2012, 11:11 PM   #11
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Whichever you want! Do both if it makes you happy lol.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:21 AM   #12
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With 0 phosphates the algae could just be locking it up. For nitrates aim for 2. The closer to 0 the better. You need something to turn the sand bed. Algae is there to eat your phosphates and nitrates to keep it to a minimal level. That's why it gets created. Just keep doing water changes atleast 10% every week. I'd do a 10 percent every day to get it down to low levels. Also green hair algae thrive on high lighting. Keep your lights on for 6 to 8 hours a day. Turn them down to 6 for a week and see what happens
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:36 AM   #13
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What do you mean turn the sand bed?
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Also, could the addition of activated carbon a few days ago,, if not a high quality carbon (included with Aquaclear filter) also be one of the reasons for the algae bloom?
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Like some crabs and some fish mix up the sand bed so it is always being refreshed. And what thoes filters do is trap fish poop and other impurities. Because it's salt water thoes little pieces of poop get microfied enough to go through the filter because it's part of the water, therefore creates more ammonia results as nitrate in the end. Try a skimmer. Do more water changes from a ro/di setup or if you don't have one use distilled water. Green hair algae is the end product of the cycle process and is a pain to get rid of. Also get some turbo snails to help clean up
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:30 PM   #16
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I wouldn't reduce lighting. If you have no nutrients, you could leave your lights on for a long time and no algae would grow. Just make sure nitrates and phosphates are low, and it will go away. Also, buying snails won't help the problem. It will help with the aesthetic aspect, but not the actual problem itself.
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:35 PM   #17
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Is there media to reduce phosphates or jut water changes?
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Old 07-11-2012, 05:53 PM   #18
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Is there media to reduce phosphates or jut water changes?
GFO but you still need to do water changes.
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Turbos do help to remove algae if your nutrients are low but yes there media for that but water changes are the best way to do it. Media is just a bandaid. And lighting does fuel algae since they are photosynthetic. They use the light to form food to grow. It can be contained but is impossible if you don't do any water changes . I do atleast 10% 1 to 2 times a week. The vodka + sugar method is great to reduce phosphate and nitrate but is for advanced only.
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Ok guys, just check phosphates... It was hard to tell but It was Somewhere between .25 and 1 ppm. If I do a 10% PWC every 2 or 3 days, is that too much? I also scrubbed the algae off the sides of the tank tonight, and the skimmer picked up most of it nice!
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