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Old 02-10-2003, 10:34 PM   #1
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Algae attack... help

What is it?.... how do i get rid of it?.....

ph = 8.4

amo = 0

Nitrate = 0

meq/l = 3

Adding phosphate sponge tomorrow as safe guard.... added charcoal today to supplement protein skimmer.
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Old 02-10-2003, 10:47 PM   #2
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Well it looks like hair algae. I am assuming your using RO/DI water. Do you dose kalk? If not, I would start. Try to reduce nutrient import and increase nutrient export. Do you have a refugium? Any macro in the tank to compete for nutrients?
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Old 02-10-2003, 10:54 PM   #3
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just got some calerpa and saw tooth from anemoneman... have reduced feeding and I have been dosing kalk from day 1 CA is 400..... I had not been using ro/di water..... our water quality is so good here and others in the area were not using it either. I had not had trouble with algae since the DSB really started to be effective.

None of my cleaning crew will touch it... crabs or sails.

This seems to have started after changing from pigmy angel formula to formula 1... hhhhmmmmm just realized that.
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Is the Algae stiff and coarse if so it might be Byropis(not sure of spelling)
If it is rip it out of the tank. I had it in my 30 gal. and thought it looked good,kind of like moss and then wham all over the tank and taking over all. It began getting long hair type algae which was also coarse, took out everything and scrubbed and threw away the LR it began on. Took awhile but it is gone. I hope it isnt I dont know how it got in my tank nothing was new all old LR from my reef tank. Good Luck
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Not sure if I would call it stiff. It is very tough stuff though, and coarse like steel wool.... cant think of any other way to describe it. When I think of something that would be called stiff I also would say it was brittle... or could be broken... I would not describe this stuff that way. It tears off the rock with some pretty good effort... not easily at all.
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Sorry that is what I meant to describe it as. Defenitly sounds like Byropis I would remove it, Before it over runs your tank.
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I can not find any info on the Algae you mentioned.... Byropis. I have used a number of identification web sites and nothing close. Is this a cynobacteria blue-green algae? What problems can it create other then trying to get rid of it?
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http://www.globaldialog.com/~jrice/a...e/bryopsis.htm
http://www.seaslugforum.net/bryopsis.htm
http://omp.gso.uri.edu/doee/biota/algae/chloro/bry1.htm
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/greenalg.htm
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/greenalgcontfaqs.htm

Some will be more valuable than others, and when you get to the wetwebmedia links, you may need to use the find on this page option in your browser. What your looking for is bryopsis.
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I have contacted a number of ail order sites about trying to buy some T. Crispata sea slugs to eat this stuff... no luck yet. If anyone has a contact please post. Otherwise the rock has to come out and be scrubed... not my first choice.
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Might try a lettuce nudibranch. Last time I looked www.liveaquaria.com was selling them.
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