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Old 06-16-2004, 02:06 PM   #1
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Algae, algae, algae!!!! Please Help!

I am havuing the worst time with algae. Before my tank was good and then all of a sudden I have gotten immense amounts of algae all over my rock and som on my substrate. It is even groiwing on my snails backs! some of it is green hair algae and some of it is a red hair type algae. It seems like it is only growing in areas where there is direct sunlight if that makes any difference. I changed the bulbs around x-mas time also. I have checked my levels and they are all at 0 nas I far as I ca n tell. I don't have a glass top and I keep my tank around 78 degrees. I have a protein skimmer and I also use RO/DI water for all my changes. I onlky feed my fish every few days. One thing that I did have over my tank was one of the blue rope lights that you can get around christmas time but I am not sure if that made in difference. I use JBJ light bulbs on my 2x96 watt PC's. 1 10,000 k and 1 Actinic bulb. I am at a loss of what to due. My lkighting cycle is from 11am - 9pm which I don't think is much. My salinity is at 1.025 and calcium is constantl;y at 450 as I drip Kalk. If someone could please help me with this I am going crazy looking at my algae ridden tank. I will be checking this post often and any help or any ideas from anyone would be great.

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Old 06-16-2004, 07:37 PM   #2
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Try a shade over the tank.
or maybe more herbivores are needed

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try a good clean up crew and keep cheeking water quality
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There has to be a source of nutrients for the nusiance algae. It just won't grow without being fed. Do you have a TDS meter for your ro unit? It's possible the membrane has gone bad and your adding water loaded with phosphate.
I don't think the sun shining in the tank or the length of time your light are on has anything to do with it.
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Here is a good article on algae causes, prevention tips and control options.


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