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Old 01-27-2016, 09:18 AM   #1
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Algae?

I checked on my clownfish and my single piece of live rock yesterday afternoon. The clownfish was fine, but the normally purple live rock had some greeny-brown algae on it. It looks almost like freshwater algae. Is this normal and if it isn't, what do I do about it?
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Old 01-27-2016, 01:14 PM   #2
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The live rock will collect debris and grow algae especially if you don't have a lot of flow. I usually take care of it during normal maintenance with an old tooth brush if needed.


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Old 01-27-2016, 08:35 PM   #3
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It is on my conch shell too. I think it may be red slime. Should I use chemicals or an invertebrate clean up crew?
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:15 PM   #4
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If its cyano, it's a flow/nutrient issue. Higher flow, less food, and water changes should reduce it.


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More animals aren't ever a solution when you have nutrient issues in the water column.
The same goes for chemicals as it will remove the cyano, only for it to return later as the nutrients are still there.


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I am feeding my clownfish a little less. The algae is actually in a dead flor spot in my tank. I am overfiltering it though. Should I turn up my skimmer or use my gamma sterilizer?
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Would a water circulation pump, like a wavemaker or something be a good idea?
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You want to try and eliminate dead spots in the tank. That is where things will settle out and cause problems.


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So a wavemaker pump is a good idea? And I found a type of invert online that eats red slime. What should I get?
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Nothing eats cyanobacteria. There is no need to use creatures to battle issues, just attack the issue as a parameter issue.
Wavemakers aren't worth the money. Just use your powerheads to limit deadspots.
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