I use Instant Ocean. The 50/50 is about 4 months old old and the 10k is a little old at six and a half months. the hair is thick mostly right in front of my powerhead, on some LR I got from a friends tank whos was a massive overfeeder. Btw, sorry for the double words if I do not catch them, as well as bum kidneys, I have a seizure disorder that mucks around with me a bit when i type. I do manually remove as much as I can, but in such a small volume, it causes massive swings in nitrites and nitrates when I put the LR back in. I have a 20 gallon I am planning on moving everything to, and buying new bulbs. I have the phosphate test, API, but I have not been able to figure the dernthing out. I get wild readings. How big are hermits supposed to get? I ask bc my red-leg is now occupying an adult apple snail shell that I put in there for him, and by the next molt, it will be too little.
I'd say I have about 12 pounds of Lr atm, and have plans to add more. Would it be better to just bin the most algae-ridden lr and buy more? To be honest, thats what I did before. I didn't bin it, I just gave it to my lfs. He said it was full of food, which I do not understand bc I don't feed heavily. Even when I was fully stocked, I only fed thrice a week, one cube of mysis one time, flake the size of child's pinch one time, and the Instant Ocean sea veggie strips one inch square clipped to the side the other. I had 2 clowns, 3 green chromis, branching hammer, palies, duncans, open brain, pipe organ, frogspawn, rose anemone, and so many different morphs of mushies it was crazy. I ran t5 then as well. vho. I skimmed then, too. I used rowaphos in minute amounts in my Cascade 700, and only supplemented with coral vite and purple up. And all was well, growing like crazy, I was having to frag my duncans, my frogg went from two heads to six, my hammer went from 3 heads to seven, I had mushies growing on the glass, and then... oh and then
... I started using distilled water to do water changes.
cuz "It's the same thing as R/O, and if you think you are seeing good growth now, just wait!" Why oh WHY did I listen? The not so smart pet store is NEVER right!