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Old 10-06-2008, 11:29 PM   #11
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I think increasing the flow along with the other suggestions will work wonders for you. Personally, I love the Hydor Koralias. They generate a nice soft (but strong) dispersed flow. I have had my urchin and snails crawl across them and not get sucked in or stuck.
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Not all algae in the aquarium is necessarily 'bad' - a certain amount is inevitable where there is water, light and nutrients. However, some types of algae are certainly a nuisance, if for no other reason than looking unsightly. Do not leave lighting on for more than 10-12 hours a day. Longer periods are likely to favor algal growth, rather than promote plant growth.
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:24 PM   #13
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How long has your tank been set up?

With the amount of algae you have in the pics you posted I find it hard to believe that you have 0 nitrates. How often do you clean out the canister filter? Detritus can get trapped and cause nitrates to go up and lead to algae issues.

Test your water again...what kind of test kit are you using?
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stirred the bottom a bit to get the algae there to float to the top.
Not recommended to stir up your substrate. Will cause a mini cycle.
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Not recommended to stir up your substrate. Will cause a mini cycle.
Hmm so that could be part of my problem, i have been stirring it up daily and letting my filters clear out the water and then rinsing out my filters. I did increase the water flow quite a bit with a DIY submersible pump and some tubing, just temporary till i can order my korila's. But the odd thing is where the flow is the most powerful is where the algae is growing the worst now. The algae starts off like a dark green and spreads extremly fast. Like over the course of just a few hours the entire bottom is recovered and then it turns brown. I just don't understand what is feeding it so much since i have reduced the feeding to every other day.

I use an instant ocean test kit and i am still showing no signs of nitrites, or nitrates. and the tank has been up and going since early July.
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Yeah... just leave the sand bed alone. Gentle vacuuming of the top inch or so every month is OK, but stirring... not a good thing.
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Just a quick update as the war goes on lol. I have been just kind of letting it go and still cut back feeding and still have the increased flow going. But have noticed no change in the algae. Tonight i got a tub of water and pulled out a couple pieces of my LR to clean some of the algae off and man did it have an odor. Is that normal for the algae to smell very bad? I only cleaned off a few pieces of the LR and figured with the odor i would see what you guys had to say before continuing.
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How about cutting your lighting down and maybe even a day or two blackout.
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How about cutting your lighting down and maybe even a day or two blackout.

Will this affect my condy anemone or my zoa's?
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They might not like it but they will be OK. I would definitely cut down to 6 hrs a day and they will be OK with that. As I mentioned you could do a 1 or 2 day blackout and I still feel like they will be OK.
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