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Old 07-26-2006, 11:40 PM   #1
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algae problem help

I have a 30g tank and 30 pounds of rock and green hair algae grows on it so fast with in 3 weeks it covers the rock and about 1/2 to 1 inches.
I have to keep picking it off.

I have corallife 130 watts of lighting, coralife protine skimmer, Power head and aqua clear filtter.

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Water parameters would help. Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, pH. How often do you perform water changes? Do you use RO/DI water?
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I do use RO/DI water

change water every week and a half 5 gallon
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To get to the source of your problem you really need to get some test kits, or at least get an LFS to test your water for you. I've found that too little circulation can really add to the hair algae problem, what are you running in your tank for water movement?
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I just tested my water with the saltwater maser kit today and my test results were perfect.

I use a aqua clear power head.

Ill show you pics of my tank in my photo gallery in a little bit, with the filtration and the massive algae wall.
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You`ll need to change 10 gallons every 5 days and get some of the excess nutrients out of there
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Watch when you pick it off, I believe this can help it spread. I think others use a toothbrush and siphon it while pulling it. You can also adjust your PH, possibly. Maybe even turn off your filter and PH when you suck it up with the siphon/toothbrush.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:54 PM   #9
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I did the tooth brush thing. And the rocks are fine.

How do I get ride of the algae wall. I think this is why algae keeps growing back. look at my pics to see it.
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Does the toothbrush thing really work, Ive never tried it before?
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