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Old 01-14-2014, 02:41 PM   #1
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Algae Phases

I have chaeto in my fuge and it's disappearing. Brown algae is growing in my tank.

I've been feeding everyday. Probably over feeding.

I have a cheap LED hood over the fuge.

Once I get to the green algae stage will the chaeto start growing under the conditions?
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:38 PM   #2
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I would feed to keep the cheato alive. Your Nitrates will rise and you will have worse problems. I am also have a problem with detritus if that what you have. Maybe you only have diatoms not for sure in your case. But algae requires Phosphates to grow and cheato is a macro algae which will reduce Phosphates in your water if there are any. If you are using a phosphate media then cheato is probably useless. Cheato also requires pruning when it starts to grow. So if it's dying could be your tank doesn't have enough Phosphates for it to grow or if your tank does have Phosphates and you are having an algae issue the other algae is eating those Phosphates could be do to the overfeeding.

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Old 01-18-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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Yeah. I think I've been over feeding. How long can you go without feeding a clownfish?
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:54 PM   #4
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This brown algae is everywhere it's driving me crazy
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:00 PM   #5
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Here are our articles on algae control. In terms of feeding, I only feed my fish twice a week. Others do it 3 times a week.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:16 PM   #6
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Ok thanks!
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:22 PM   #7
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I have the dinoflagellate brown slime algae. It says to treat it the same as cyano. So I guess feed less is the answer.
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:28 AM   #8
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This may sound weird but my friend had dinos and we read that not doing water changes for a month or two and let the Nitrates build up that the dinos would die off. And then do small water changes afterwards. I do why it worked but it did for him. And he only has 2 clownfish he feeds maybe once or twice a week and they seem fine. But that's all he has in his tank. My tank is different I have anthias which require multi feedings a day do to there metabolism is faster they are very active fish. But remember within the saltwater hobby what works for someone else may not work another.

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That sounds good but I have a frogspawn
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:57 AM   #10
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I would say it would be OK don't let it the Nitrates get high. Or maybe use Prime to pull the toxins out of the water for the time being.

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