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Old 04/08/2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Algae Help

Hey I have these two different types of algae which keep coming back not matter how many times i clean off the rocks and glass. I'm using phosphate removers and running a decent skimmer, but I can't seem to control it. Can someone help me?





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Old 04/08/2010, 05:27 PM   #2
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Both look like they could be bacterial based algea like cyano.

What foods are you typically feeding? Are you carbon dosing?

More info on your tank, husbandry and inhabitants.


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Old 04/08/2010, 05:40 PM   #3
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Maybe try a little more flow in your tank. I had some red slime and put more flow. It helped.


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Old 04/08/2010, 05:40 PM   #4
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it is cyano.
How much flow do you have in your tank?
Are you using RO/DI for your water source?
When you say you are "using phosphate removers" what do you mean? Do you have a phosphate reactor where you can actively run the GFO?
Also, if you can run your skimmer a little on the wet side it will help to expiate the excess nutrient removal.


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Old 04/08/2010, 05:46 PM   #5
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Often flow won't affect cyano much, and an increased flow will only make a mat of cyano flake up and roll around. If your flow is low then that may be where t came from, but won't get rid of it. Only use RO/DI water, including for top off.

How old is your tank? If it's new you may have to wait up to 3 months before it goes away.

There are some red slime removing chemicals out there. I forget the good brand but it's something like AlgaeFix or whatever. Comes in a blue box and is power based but is 100% natural and reef/invert safe.


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Old 04/08/2010, 05:59 PM   #6
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I think adding flow and manuely removing it is better than putting chemicals in your tank. You can use a syphon hose and a tooth brush. It will take a while but should help.


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Old 04/08/2010, 06:50 PM   #7
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I'm using GFO in my canister filter w/ carbon inserts as well. I have pretty good flow considering I have such a small tank for my filter, and I have a hang-on skimmer. So far I have been sucking the nastiness off whenever I do water changes. I want to avoid using chemicals. Maybe its just me, but that seems hazardous. I guess I'll just keep doing what I have been and hope in time it will work itself out of the tank. Thanks guys.


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