Algae, Phosphates & Test Kits

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    joeman MorphingSquid

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    So having recently had a Hair Algae problem, I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject.... what seems common knowledge is that Algae need three main ingredients to thrive:
    1) Nitrates
    2) Phosphates
    3) Light
    My Algae problem began following a house move, which gave rise to a small cycle and a Nitrate Peak.
    I brought the Nitrates down to zero and kept them there with a De-Nitrator. I tested the water daily and saw Nitrates and Phosphates at a consistent zero - but the algae continued to grow!!!
    I tried turning the lights off of a day but that didn't seem to make much of a difference, and I didn't want to keep them off for a longer period of time...
    I puzzled over what might be feeding it...
    The only real option (if all the literature was correct ) was photsphates, so I introduced a bag of PhosBan.
    Two weeks later the algae is almost gone - just transparent filaments where it used to be :bounce:
    So: if you have algae and yet your water tests tell you your water is perfect, it's probably because the algae is doing it's job :frustrat:
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Exactly. Phosphate stays in the water column for only 6 seconds before it's taken up by algae. So if your test is reading 0 for phosphate, yet you're still having algae problems, it's likely that the algae is eating it up as quickly as it is produced.
     
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    I will second Biff.
     
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    I'll go 3rd.
     
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    I go 4th.
    Remember algae is actually beneficial.We just don't like what it looks like,well at least in the main tank.
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    Damn Biff, you are smart. Everyone else always agrees with you. You must be some biology super-nerd or something!!!

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Actually, yes. I am a TOTAL bio-nerd. I try my hardest to be cool around "normal" people, but damn, you put me in a group with a bunch of other scientist and you guys would FREAK OUT about what a giant dork I really am!!

    Even if I am a bio-nerd, I still cannot hold a candle to Yote's life-smarts and Freak's technical smarts and your intuition and common sense, though. All of which I am lacking to some degree, and am trying to work on!
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    nah, you are the total package. I can see the bloom of common sense from here. Not to mention I had to pay $90,000 and almost 10 years of my life for my "intuition". If you can get it faster and cheaper than I, clearly you will end up being much smarter than I in the long run.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Boys -- you hear that?? Biffy is single now!! And she is the total package, LOL.
     
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