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    Posted: May 07 2012 at 1:32am
So i have had an issue with cotton candy algae , was told phos was high . I run phos guad so figured no issue but my anemone has been closed off and not normal so Mcclure brought a test kit and im at .16 what can I do to drop it fast ?

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Leave lights on 24/7 will help especially where you grow your chaeto. Clean your filter socks as well.
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Here's a good link
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I just replaced phosguard , did 10 gal water change on sat and removed a ton of cotton candy algae with water change . will bump lights any other ideas? Phos might be high because of what i did sat .


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thanks for the link :)

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Do you use RO water for your water changes and top offs? If so, how are the filters? (time since changing them...)
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yes only use RO for top off and water changes , I change my filter sock about 1 time a week . I havent checked yet but my anemone is open more than he has been in several days . Hope it means its dropping a bit .
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I'm a newbie, but I'd change the filter sock every few days and use RO/DI water for everything.  Looks like it's time to go to a Fe Reactor on your tank.
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What color is the Activated Alumina?
When was it last changed?
How long has AA been running in this tank?
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It was a light tan color when I changed it , it was in the tank for about 3 weeks , and I usually run it for 2-3 weeks a month for the last 3 months. Its phosguard by sea chem but im almost out and was thinking about mixing gfo in with my carbon .

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I totally forgot I was going to bring that test back by.... I'm very flighty these days. Please text me tomorrow and I will bring it back. 
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After running AA for that long, that's too high of PO4. Something in the tank is leaching PO4.
My first thought is Lace Rock. Is there any in this tank?
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Mark, You keep referring to AA in this and other threads, what brand do you use and where do you get it?
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AA is activated alumina or Alumina oxide. It's phosguard. In phosphate rich environments AA only last for a short period of time. The tan color indicates its exhausted and has pulled its maximum capacity of phosphates from the water column. Keep at it. Watch your feeding and keep your macro lighted 24/7
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