Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Gainesville, FL
I agree with the advise given so far but wanted to add a few things. If the report from your public works department seemed pretty good, why insist on R/O? I'm seeing a trend of people waiting to perform water changes based on availability of R/O. The foam you mentioned is most likely protein in your water. That protein comes from decomposition of plant and animal waste. The primary cause of the staghorn you have is overfeeding, mulm buildup, and not changing the water after disturbing the substrate. Now that you have increased lighting the algae is in overdrive. It sounds like you need to do a thorough substrate vacuum. Wipe off any debris from plants, wood, rocks etc. Clean your filter. Change the water before the mulm settles. Then decrease feeding. Personally, I turn my filter off during feeding. That way I can see exactly what is left and adjust how much I feed. Otherwise the food gets churned up into the water and the fish never eat it.