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Old 07-10-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Algae Issue (Bryopsis)

My tank has been suffering from an algae outbreak and I have (along with my lfs) identified the type of algae to be bryopsis. I have been running a phosphate reactor for a month and a half, changing out the media every 10-14 days. I have seen videos on the internet about raising magnesium levels to above natural ocean levels to choke out the bryopsis but I'm not sure if its the way I should go about fighting this battle. I was considering dosing some extra magnesium and/or adding a hungry sea hare to help get rid of as much of the stuff as possible. I have seen some of the algae thin out a bit but its not really any significant impact. Some of my corals haven't been opening up very well because of this issue as well.

Phosphate: 0.06 ppm
Dose of Gfo: 10g per 10 gallons of water. (30 gallons total)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-10-2015, 05:39 PM   #2
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I wouldn't add a sea hare to the problem. If the nitrates and phosphates are as low as you can get them, are you manually removing the stuff from the tank as well? It sounds like you are on the right track and shouldn't have to raise the mag to battle it...though if you need to do this the only proven product to fight byropsis with mag levels is with Kent's product.
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I am removing as much manually as I can during each water change. Thanks for the response.
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But there is a noticeable difference in growth rate?
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Bryopsis is a clean water algae, and will grow no matter how clean you keep your tank.
When treating the high MAG route, you must use Kent Tech M, it has an ingredient in it that the others don't, and keep your MAG at 1600 until its gone.
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If it is receding from lowering the nutrients though, it most likely isn't byropsis. Just want to ensure all is the case before going the dosing route.
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After adding my phosphate reactor, the difference in quantity of algae is minimal. I have been doing very thorough water changes, but the problem hasn't been resolved. I have lowered yhe nutrients to my tank as far as I can go. I feed my fish once to twice a week. I have my lights running 8-9 hours a day. I think I may go with the Kent Marine Tech M solution.
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Bryopsis is a clean water algae, and will grow no matter how clean you keep your tank.
When treating the high MAG route, you must use Kent Tech M, it has an ingredient in it that the others don't, and keep your MAG at 1600 until its gone.
The kent tech M is the latest rage for bryopsis.
Cut and dry.
Search it and see.
I never doubt RM if anyone is paying attention(umhuh)And he said "you must use kent tech M" which other high MG links will bare out .
Just raising MG will not work.
There is something in the kent solution that is the trick(not just my opinion but seems to be prevailing belief of those in "the know")?
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If minimal then go the kent path.


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I got the Kent Marine Tech M. Should I dose what the bottle recommends or is there a specific dosage that works best,
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