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Old 05-26-2005, 05:37 PM   #1
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algae and slime???

I am new to saltwater and have two questions. First off I have a 55 gal FOWLR tank that has been up and running for 3 months and there is a dark slime coating my substrate (40 lbs crushed coral and 20 lbs live sand) Does anybody know what it is and how can I get rid of it. Second I have to clean the glass daily, sometimes twice because of the algae film. I plan on getting more snails, but is that fast of growth normal? The nitrates and phosphates are 0, so I am really confused on what is causing the algae growth. Thanks for any advise that I can get.

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How old and what kind of lights are using and how long do u run ur lights in the tank.

Having the lighst on can cause algae problems.

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Old 05-27-2005, 12:35 AM   #3
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I've got 4 48" flourescent bulbs - 1 actinic, 1 50/50 daylight, 1 5500k, and 1 plant/aquarium light (for freshwater not saltwater, but I thought it may help with the light intensity, with less cost). All the lights are less than 3 months old and they run for about 14 hrs/day
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I'd cut the lighting back to 10 hrs. Used to think they need to be on in the AM to feed before I left for work, and of course in the evening viewing & feeding time (again). Sounds like that's what you might be doing too. Now I only light from about 1pm - 11ish and feed once daily.

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Thanks for the advise. I will cut back the lighting. Right now I feed them one mysis shrimp cube or plankton cube once per day. There are only 3 fish in there so would it be alright to feed them one cube of either every other day as opposed to every day? TIA

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I think either that or half cube once a day would be fine. Phosphates and nitrates will get higher if you feed too much. Lot's of folks feed every other day I believe.
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I would recommend cutting back the feeding to about once everyother day. One cube is alot of food for your tank inhabitants. HTH
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also check that currents are strong, i used to get a lot of cyanos (red/ green slime algae) growing and an extra powerhead made a big difference.
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Thanks for all the advice. Cutting back the lighting and food seems to be working already. It has only been two days and the algae growth has slowed immensley. I got a yellow tang, because I read that they eat algae, will he help the situation also???

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I`ve been feeding my tank for over 8 years only every other day. Keeps organics in the water in check. You should see a difference
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