This tank has been cycled about 3 months now and while I understand that algae is common in new tanks, I couldn't understand why I was getting so much so often. I was doing 50% W/C every week religiously using a 75/25 RO/Tap mix and I also had a cleanup crew of 11 Nerites, 2 Ottos, and some Amano Shrimp. They did a great job but no sooner would they clean an area that it would be back the next day. I was pulling my hair out.
Then I read over the PPS instructions again today and read something I had missed before. The dosing schedule is based on, "a heavily planted tank"! What?! So I continued reading about testing for NO3 and PO4. The instructions mentioned NO3 around 20PPM while mine yesterday was 80 PPM! I have just 8 clippings in my tank I bought from a fellow forum member. They total probably 30" linear. I'm so pissed at myself for not seeing this.
So my question is how do I determine what I actually need for my tank? Maybe cut it to 1/4 of the normal dose and then test until I'm around 20 ppm of NO3? Strangely, the PO4 is at zero. I did put some Purigen in the tank recently to remove come brown color from the driftwood. I'm wondering if it could also be removing other things.
Anyway, I thought I would mention this in case someone else runs into the same thing. It was driving me crazy and it was such a dumb mistake.
I tested again tonight and NO3 was just 10. I don't get it. The other problem I'm having is that according to API, my PO4 is at zero and has been every time I've tested it. Wth is going on?
Last edited by Darkblade48; 11-15-2016 at 02:25 PM.
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