Hair algae battle

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  1. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Check your Alk levels.
    Phosguard and other phosphate reducers can cause it to drop quickly if you add too much too quick.
     
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  2. Chromis

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    What are your water sources? I would check that you're using RO water with a reef saltwater mix (not a fish only mix) or buying saltwater and do a 100% water change to get your Mg and Ca back to a good level. When you do the water change remove as much nuisance algae as possible. Only use RO for top up water.


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  3. --E--

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    Fluval salt usually keeps Ca around 370. Tried Seachem Reef and Coralife but couldn't get Ca above 330.

    The RO water I buy usually measures .04-.08 PO4 before and after mixing.

    Just gonna try not feeding for the next 1-2 months.
     
  4. RandyC

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    That is not a great starting point for phosphate. Very likely your main contributor of GHA. It's usually recommended to maintain a phosphate level at 0.03 or lower. I'd recommend finding a better source of RO/DI water.
     
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  5. --E--

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    Where's good water sources in east bay?
     
  6. RandyC

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    I have always made my own RO/DI at home so I don't have any experience buying RO/DI water. I know both Aqautic Collection and Califorinia Reef Co sell it though.
     
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    Try dosing Vibrant. There's a long thread on R2R explaining how it works. I use it and it does kill most algaes.

    Dick Flanagan
     
  8. Coral reefer

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    Find better water. Make your own or just buy salt mix from either of the stores randy mentioned. Where in the east bay do you live? Fluval salt is one I don't have experience w but that ca level seems low. What alk does it mix up at?
     
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    Making your own is best bang for buck


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  10. --E--

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    Just bought some freshwater from aquatic collection. I'll see how it tests tomorrow.
     
  11. --E--

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    So, the aquatic collection water measured .08 for PO4. Same as my regular source.

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  12. Vhuang168

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    What's the expiry on the test kit?


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    Hmm. I'm going to check my home made rodi water now.
     
  14. Coral reefer

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    What's the +\- accuracy on that test kit?
     
  15. --E--

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    Don't remember. It's the red sea algae control pro. The kit should be good. I tested some glacier water a few weeks ago and it was in the 1.x range.
     
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    Indulge me. Check the expiry of the test kit please.
     
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    I meant 0.1 range. Could be the rocks but I doubt it. Could be residual from the Restor I was dosing. Just tired of thinking about it. I've decided to stop caring and just see if coralline keeps progressing.
     
  19. Coral reefer

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    What do you mean glacier water? Bottled Drinking water?
     
  20. --E--

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    Yeah, I get water from the machines outside the grocery store. I know it's not what you want to hear but I don't have any reason to trust LFS water more than others. I typically buy Watermill Express. I started my tank with Primo from Wal-Mart. I think I'll get a gallon tomorrow and test it.
     

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