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Old 10-06-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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A little algae help plz :(

Ok so my tank has been up and going since june of this year and over the last couple weeks it has kinda gotten over run with algae. I have 3 dwarf blue leg hermits, 4 zebra hermits, 1 small snail, 3 turbo snails, 1 peppermint shrimp, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 small clownfish ( not sure of name but same kind as Nemo), 1 blue damsel,1 chocalate chip starfish, 2 feather dusters, 1 condy anemone, and 1 large Hermit crab. Here are a few pics of my tank:
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My real question is what can i do to make my tank pretty again ? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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How often do you feed? What do you feed? What type of filtration do you have other then the HOB that I see in the pics? How often do you do PWCs? What source water do you use for top off and water changes?

What are your water parameters like? Ammonia Nitrate Nitrite?

From what I see it looks like cyano which is feeding off excess nutirents in the water. You probably have high nitrates and that is the cause of the issue. Where those nitrates came from is the question. Using RO/DI water is the best option for elimnating excess nutrients from your source water. I would suggest doing some large (30% +) water changes over the next several weeks. Doing regular PWCs will help keep the excess nutrients and nitrates in check. With that said you need to check your source water for nitrates and phosphates as both will lead to algae issues.
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Here is a good link on algea.

FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"
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I am just using the HOB as extra water current, there are no filters in it, I use a rena canister filter for filtration. I will check the water paremeters and post them in a bit. I only feed a small amount of flake food at night and about 2 times a week i use frozen brine shrimp instead. Everywhere i read says to cut back the ligting but with my anemone how much can i cut back without harming it?
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I would only feed every other day. Many of us do it with no problem and algea free tanks.
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Ok i will try that, meanwhile i took a very soft brush and got most of the algae off all the LR and stirred the bottom a bit to get the algae there to float to the top. I them siphoned out all the loose algae. I tested nitrates, and nitrites both showed no signs. On another note do you think my clean up crew is sufficent for what i have? I mean should they be able to keep up with the algae once i get this under control?
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hey all i did was increase my flow in tank any it went away. just add a few ph to help the flow make sure you dont get a sand storm
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hey all i did was increase my flow in tank any it went away. just add a few ph to help the flow make sure you dont get a sand storm
I been meaning to add a powerhead to the tank can anyone suggest a decent one that doesn't cost alot?
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well you can go with max jet 1200 or you can get 2 koralia 3's. i have three koralia 4's in my 100g mixed reef tank
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