Some updates on the tank after another 3 weeks.
Dose: increased to 4ml instead of 3ml for last 3 weeks.
1.On week 4 and 5, I performed siphon of the sand bed, rocks and corals 2x a week.
2.weekly water change of 25 to 30%.
3.lighting, feeding, dosing remaining constant
4.current week 6: no extra siphon of the tank other than during water change
1.Nitrates and Phosphates are at 0 with API test kits.
2.red slime has mainly cleared at week 6
3.sandbed and rocks are covered with brown algae which Tangs graze on. I assume its diatoms
4.some green algae remains but only 5%
5.water clarity has improved significantly
I shall continue the same dosing and update in 2 weeks. The tank is still very heavily covered in algae, except now it is brown and does not cloud the water. It also does not form strings/strands. I still do not see pods other than in my refugium.
Red slime has mostly cleared – except on my fan coral. Any suggestions on how to clean the fan without damaging it?
Today the tank seems to have more hair algae and not much Cyano (red slime) patches. I shall take that as a positive sign that at least one of them seems to be dying down. Either that or my daily removal of slime that gets caught on the rocks and corals are helping.
I did a simple check of my tank water. It is clear without any tint. At least I have one less problem. 🙂