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Old 07-01-2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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Algae in live sand

I've got quite a lot of hair algae in my live sand, which I'm going to tackle tonight. I'll pull as much out as I can, but is it ok to sort of mix the sand up so that the algae is underneath the surface and out of view, or could that cause problems?

I've just got some Rowaphos, so hopefully the algae won't grow back half as quick this time!
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I removed mine when I had it, it was red slime algae which is a result of low water flow in an area, which is probably what yours is if it's on the sand.
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It's hard to remove it though, easiest thing to do would be to sort of stir up the sand to hide it, but could that cause problems in the live sand?
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Not a good idea, I would just remove it and redirect your flow somewhat.
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If you increase the general flow in that area it will clear up on its own in a few days.
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i redirected my flow and the red stuff turned dark brown and is flowing in the current
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Mine's green/brown in the sand. I'll stick another powerhead in there and point it downwards towards the sand, as well as try and pull as much out as I can, and see if that helps.
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