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Old 06-23-2006, 04:00 PM   #1
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Algae hell

ok....i have been fighting the green hair Algae for awhile. then i added another dual VHO ligh set on and gezz......its like green hair everywhere.
I'm planning on spending the next month doing water changes every few days or so and i have a way to scrub it off the rocks but how can i prevent it from comin back this bad.
there has got to be a critter that loves to eat this stuff.
I have turbo snails and blue leg hermits and they dont messs with it
my lawmower (who btw ithink starved?? and is current MIA) didnt eat it either.
I am trying to get my tank ready for a new purchase of critters but dont want to intruduce anything else till i get this green Algae
my PS seems to be working....i need to test the water too.
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Do you use RO/DI water? Run a 'fuge? Overfeed? Those seem to be the 3 questions always asked...
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Old 06-23-2006, 04:15 PM   #3
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Now that`s some useful information. Great thread Mrs Hara
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100% of my algae, cyano, and diatom problems went away after I got a UV filter. I've actually tripled lighting in the last month.

Maybe this is a coincidence, but after 4 months, algae dissappearing the week after I installed a UV is a sign to me.

Not a single brown spot on the sand or glass, no hair algae, none of that black stuff, nada.

I always used to have a big algae bloom (cloudy, milky white water) after a PWC of more than a few gallons. No more.

The protein skimmer did little to cut back on problem algae and diatoms (but it sure cleared up the water).

Yet, my coralline is growing like mad (with a little help from Purple Up). Even with a couple dozen snails and a blenny eating it off the back glass, I expect it will be covered with pink and purple coralline in another couple months.

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good call scoot...
yes i have a RO/DI system...need to replace the filters though.
i havent had red cyno in awhile but this green hair stuff is worse...
i need ottest the water but betwen my full time job....3 boys all under the age of 4 and house i dont get much time for the tank aside from keepin my fish happy and running very disappointing cause i love this
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post numbers.. nitrates, phosphates... unless you test you will not know the source and you will not know where to start.
you can still get PO4 and Nitrates from ro/di water if you start with real bad water.
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ok...i tested my water last nite. PH is 8.2
0 nitrite and 0 nitrates
Phos is less then 0.25
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