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    ok I set the timer for 18 hours rather than 16. I will post pics when algae starts to grow. As a side note the the corals are looking much better with the exception of the LTA. (pics below) I did throw my skimmer in the sump just to remove some excess food and toxins while the scrubber gets going.
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    still getting that "skin" algae!

    here are some pics of the scrubber after todays cleaning,I am still getting that "paint skin" looking algae. This algae comes off the screen in sheets when cleaning. It is yellow/orange where it touches the screen but jet black where exposed to light. I am also getting a small amount of strange algae on the glass of display that is almost as hard as coraline? take a look at pics and let me know what you think!
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    My phos was up (2.00!!!) in my 10G and I was getting growth like that too.
    150G. Reef/Mix
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    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
    10G. SW Fish/Reef.
    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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    It's blocking light from reaching the screen, and dying on the screen. Clean more often.

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    My P is down to near zero after being around 2.00(huge tank cleaning). I have been cleaning every 4-5 days as it is....should I clean even more often?

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    Well, perhaps I was right about restarting the screen after all !! Excellent result.

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    You need to never let algae die on the screen. It adds nutrients to the water, and the outer layer (which are not dead yet) float away and don't do any filtering, and die later anyway.

    So anytime you see the light-colored stuff (usually wheat color) on underneath, clean more often.

    Or add light.

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    Green machine - are you keeping track of nitrates also. Be interesting to see if these increase now.

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    ok santa i will clean off the golden algae when i see it,,what about the black? I see 3 colors on my screen every week,golden,black,and the nice fluffy green. It just seems that before I have a chance to clean the fluffy green is already overtaken by the golden and black algae,,,this happens very quick. My nitrates are almost zero as of a few days ago, I will test soon and take more pics soon!

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    The black and brown algae need to be all cleaned off, the green can stay inside the squares.
    150G. Reef/Mix
    125G. 3 Regular Oscars/1 Jack Dempsey
    75G. 20+ Africans
    40G. Fish/Reef. Algae Scrubbers on ALL my SW
    10G. SW Fish/Reef.
    10G. SW Hospital/new fish quarantine/pod breeder tank
    6 stage RO/DI system 200 GPD.

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