Not sure what to do.

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  1. lukeoslavia

    lukeoslavia Flamingo Tongue

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    After about a month of trying new things, I am starting to get most of my algae under control. What seems to be sticking around is this algae below. Most of it is greenish brown some is clear almost. It just doesn't seem to want to go away.
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    my levels are:
    Ph 8.4
    ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    nitrates 0
    Calcium 440
    dKH 9
    phosphate kind of hard to tell the colors on this but it is definitely between 0 and .25 looks more like 0 though.

    As always any help is much appreciated so any removal ideas are welcome.
     
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  3. Salmo salar

    Salmo salar Flamingo Tongue

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    No expert on algae but heres a bump for you. What brand of test kits are you using?
     
  4. lukeoslavia

    lukeoslavia Flamingo Tongue

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    Api salt and reef master kits
     
  5. oldfishkeeper

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    If you're not using then I'd suggest running a phosphate reducing product such as GFO or phosguard. If your rocks can be removed and you don't have a lot of corals on them, you can use peroxide on the algae. You can do one rock at a time. You remove the rock and put regular peroxide on the rock. Let it sit for about 3-5 minutes, rinse off in saltwater, and then put back in the tank. The algae will disappear in a few days.
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
  7. lukeoslavia

    lukeoslavia Flamingo Tongue

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    Well I have a uvfilter going a phoszorb pack and I have a carbon hob filter if that's what u mean by carbon dosing. I have been scraping and such. I also made a pic overflow and it gets everything on the surface. I also have some ceramic rings which I think are supposed to be like bio balls/ pellets.
    Taking the rocks out would be a challenge but I might try that. Going to lose a lot of feather dusters though.
     
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  9. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Carbon dosing is Vodka or Vinegar...Bio-pellets are basically a source of carbon as well, just used differently. Carbon promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria and those bacteria consume nitrates and phosphates. The ceramic rings are a medium for those beneficial bacteria to grow on.

    1. You need to test for nitrates and phosphates.
    2. What is your water source.
    3. You should be able to manually blow off the growth with powers heads or turkey baster, turn off pumps briefly (remember to turn them back on) let the debris settle and siphon it out. Clean mechanical filtration once the water clears.
    My guess is that this will just grow right back but this is a start.

    Next you can try other more invasive interventions. Do you run a skimmer?
     
  10. Salmo salar

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    could you suck it out with a siphon?
     
  11. lukeoslavia

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    My nitrates and phosphates are both 0.

    I do run a skimmer.

    Also I use ro water without a Di chamber.

    I am going to do some research on the carbon dosing I might try that too!
     
  12. Salmo salar

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    I would say non algae then