Tank 2 years old.

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  1. gharris2

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    My tank is now 2 years old . I have the nitrate levels down to zero (finally). This was done through the use of RO water. What I dont understand is that the Hair Algae has increased and is more difficult to control. Could it be the posphates.?
     
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    Welcome to MASA. You need to give us more info than that to help you.
    We need to know what filtration your running, what skimmer, what lights, what live stock, feeding regime, waterchanges, what salt, pictures of the tank and the filtration also speaks a thousand words ;)
     
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    Welcome and post some pics please.
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA GHarris2! Great to have you on-board!

    3 of the BEST way that I can suggest getting your phosphates down (which is indeed a huge cause for nuisance algae to grow - due to feeding the algae), are the following:
    1) Huge over sized skimmer
    2) using "good" macro algae ie. chaetomorpha, to use up as much problematic phosphates/nitrates as possible
    3) use a phosphate remover, ie. SeaChem PhosGuard

    Also - you MIGHT perhaps have hidden detritus inside your live rock - which would also possibly be feeding the nuisance algae to grow. If this is the case, you should read up about "cooking" your live rock (basically leaving the live rock inside a clean/new container with old tank water in, with only a power-head to move the water around - this to be left in the dark for a period of +-4 to 6 weeks....)...

    Good luck!
     
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  10. gharris2

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    Hi everyone and thanks for the replies.

    • The tank size with the sump is 981 liters.
    • I have about 20kg of live rock.
    • The sump size is 125 liters
    • Ph running at 8.3
    • Nitrate Nil
    • Ca at about 450
    • 100 kg washed play sand.
    It may be the detris in the live rock. They have been in there since the start. How does one get the the correct water quality.
     
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    20 kg's live rock is not enough in a system that size, I would triple that. Have you checked what your phosphate levels are? A good pet shop could check if you don't have a test kit. Do you have a skimmer? Hair algae feeds off the nitrates and phosphates in your tank so can hide the true amount that test kits can pick up. Manual removal is recommended if you don't have herbivores in your tank. Also use a powerhead to blow in and around the rock to get the detritus up in the water column. Please give all the details on your tank, ie. What skimmer, sump, dsb, livestock etc. For better assistance. Hair algae doesn't go away overnight so be patient.
     
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    Welcome to MASA! :)

    I would suggest an ATS to remove phosphates - cheap, easy, and effctive! Do you have any macroalgae in your sump?
     
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    Sorry , what is ATS. I got a phosphate sponge.
     
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