Algae covered rocks

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    When i bought my complete system it came with some rocks full of algae .

    I know it probably due to excess nutrients, but i would like to completely clean off some of the algae rocks.

    Do you recommend a peroxide dip? Or cycle the rocks in ro out of the tank for a month?

    I am dosing nopox daily to help with nitrates and phosphates, will try and do a 10% water change in the next week.
     
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    Is my tank not too small? 250l
     
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    What your dimensions ?
     
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    Its a rsm 250 so 1m x 45 d x 50 h
     
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    Yeah. But a tang would not be sorting out the root of the problem. Merely hiding it.

    The problem is your rocks are leaching PO4. I would slowly take out only a few rocks every week. Soak it in vinegar and then scrub all of the dead organic matter off with a brush of some sorts. Then leave it in RO, more organic matter will keep falling off, try and clean it as best as you can.

    Don't do it all at once as it will cause your tank to cycle again, and will kill your fish. Rather do it slowly.
     
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    Thats my plan, should i use vinegar, peroxide or pool acid?
     
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    I've only used vinegar, I hear pool acid works quicker though.
     
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    Il see whats easier available and use that
     
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    Do you use 100% vinegar?
     
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    Normal white vinegar. 2/3 vinegar 1/3 RO is what I used.
     
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