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    Phospahte issues...again.

    After having hair algae push me to the brink, I had to reboot my tank. I setup my 40 gal FOWLR tank as follows. RO/DI water, Reef octopus BH100 Skimmer, Fluval C4, Crushed coral, reduced LR down to 30lbs(just for now),Quad T5 HO lighting, on about 8 hours. 2 clowns and one blue hermit . Parameters are perfect, not enough phosphate to spot and dKH just slightly high(aiming to start a reef tank).When I rebooted the tank, I was very careful rinsing the LR and setting the parameters. After a lot of work,10 days later I noticed that there was a very small amount of hair algae starting to form.so, out come the scrubber. The only thing I can think of that may be causing this is phosphate leaching from the LR? I'm not running a reactor (yet), and I'm kinda hesitant to start dosing NOPOX because it didn't really help much last time when I was running well water. I cant prove it's the LR but the substrate is new, the skimmer is new, the filter is not, TDS's were fine when I mixed the water up. What do I do? get a larger cleanup crew until I get set up with a reactor?

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    Whats in the filter for media?

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    Could be the silicates from the rock leaching out, or was it all purchased live? Is there a tds meter on your rodi? Could be time to change them filters..


    sorry just saw about the tds-but yes you certainly need to get a clean up crew in there to keep excess nutrients down....

    i looooove this link: http://www.reefcleaners.org/index.ph...d=54&Itemid=60 might give you some sort of idea as to what's going on
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    Not running anything for media as of the moment. Once I get a reactor, I'll certainly be running GFO. The rock was all purchased live, but it was in the tank that I had constant hair algae issues due to high phosphate well water. I spent a lot of time scrubbing and rinsing the LR in order to avoid any leaching...

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    You don't have much in there to make phospate, and since you say you're reading 0 on source water it could be overfeeding, etc or something like that.

    Silly question, but what did you rinse the LR in?

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    I let it sit in the tanks old water while I was awaiting delivery on the new 4stage RO/DI setup. Then I rinsed it in fresh RO/DI water. Likely not the best move, but I didn't think that mixing salty water just for the sake of rinsing would make any significant difference. Thank you for your help!

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    Fresh RO/DI water as in fresh water? If you rinsed your live rock in freshwater, it unfortunately is not very live anymore... :(

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    I generally would agree.... The coralline and featherdusters seem to be still kicking though.

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    That's quite interesting that the featherdusters are still kicking. Coralline is particularly tough. I scrub my powerheads in RO/DI weekly and it always survives - no surprise there.

    However, we can assume a large portion of your beneficial bacteria was nuked along with any other sensitive critter(s).

    I would definitely suggest starting out adding some clean up crew members.

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    Thank you!!!

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