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  1. SIMS

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    Hey Crew,

    Just done a few tests and this is what I get....

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    CA - 440
    Mg - 1300
    NO2 - <1mg
    PH - 8.2
    P04 - 0.1
    DKH- 7
    Temp - 26.5

    Mg and CA ok?
    P04 and No3 seem odd as I got quite a bit of algae around?

    Thanks for the help....
     
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  3. DragonReef

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    Params look good Sims.

    PO4 can be a bit deceiving when you have algae around. The reason why the reading seems low is that the PO4 is being used up by the algae that is currently present. As your system stands now and you had no algae at all you would find that your PO4 reading would be quite a bit higher.

    If you are struggling a bit with algae at the moment I would suggest that you raise your KH up to 9. Do it slowly over 3 or 4 days.
     
  4. SIMS

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    Ok I'll add some of that reef builder I got from you now :)

    DR please reply to my PM as that may help my Algae too :)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well done sims.params look good.this reminds me,i need to get myself a mg kit!are you running a calcium reator on your system?
     
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    and i also noticed that i got some algea here and there.so anthony has answered our question.my po4 is spot on,so basically the algea is consuming the phosphate.do you ever brush of your hair algea?
     
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    No CA reactor and yes I syphon off my algae quite often....
     
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    but do you notice after a few weeks it begins to grow back on the same spots?
     
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    your calcium does seem a bit high, I would bring this down a bit and like Anthony said, bring up your alk!
     
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    How do I get it down? I have never added any calcium buffer?
     
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    I have a problem with Glass algae no Po4 but when you say bring KH up to 9 how do you bring it up and what would you recomend?
     
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    Seachem Reef Builder (Instructions are on the bottle) :D
    Pure Reef KH Buffer
    aquiBUFF

    Those are the 3 I have used
     
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    And which 1 would you consider the best?
     
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    They all did the same thing for me. I don't know if one is more beneficial than the other.
     
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    Great Thanks Viper
     
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    I got reef builder, will let you know how it works...
     
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    Sorry to disagree here but a reading of 0.1 is high for PO4, it should be around 0.02. A reading of 0.1 would be more than enough to fuel algae growth. The rest of the parameters look good.
     
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    In a balanced solution with Calcium @ 440 - your alkalinity would be sitting at around 12dKH. What media are you using in your calcium reactor? could be one of the reasons you have phosphates being introduced into your tank. Maybe as a matter of interest do a phosphate test on your effluent.
     
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    Sorry just read you have no Ca reactor - my bad
     
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    Well I think I may have found my PO4 issue - I have taken out all the rock in the sump and it's like debrits heaven down there - Gonna drain and clean the sump out best as I can and vacume the dsb, then once the cooking rock has been in the tub a few weeks then I'll take all the rock out the desplay and replace with the clean rock - I hope this will work....
     
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    is it worm rock sims?
     
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