Hair algae battle

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by --E--, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    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

    Chromis Supporting Member

    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--

    --E-- Guest

    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

    RandyC Supporting Member

    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--

    --E-- Guest

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

    RandyC Supporting Member

    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.
  7. F6553066

    F6553066 Guest

    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

    Coral reefer President

    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?
  9. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Making your own is best bang for buck

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  10. --E--

    --E-- Guest

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

    --E-- Guest

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

  12. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    What's the expiry on the test kit?

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  13. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

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

    Coral reefer President

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

    --E-- Guest

    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.
  16. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

  17. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Indulge me. Check the expiry of the test kit please.
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  18. --E--

    --E-- Guest

    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

    Coral reefer President

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

    --E-- Guest

    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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