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Old 05-03-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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Algae Problem - Need Help

so as you can see by the picture the algae problem that i am having...i have not added nothing new recently..the tank has been up for about 1 year and 3 months.. all my parameters are looking good.. nitrate is at zero possibly because of the the algae? my phosphates is hard to tell from the card whether is at 0 or .25, looks closer to 0 but maybe cause of the algae?

i feed once a day and only what is consumed..i have a skimmer in a sump with chaeto in a fuge...i have always had this problem it comes and goes often..any ideas...my top off water is from the water store near my house
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hmmmm do you ever leave the lights on(off) to long?? Or do you use a timer?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #3
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they are on a timer...i only have them on for about 5 hours a day..and the moon lights for like 2 hours after my lights shut off..so most of the time the lights are off
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it actually seems more visible while the lights are off during the day...once the lights are on for couple hours its not as noticable...
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Brown algae is often because of not enough light, Phosphorus, or too much nitrogen... Maybe not enough light??
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when is the last time you changed your bulbs?
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Usually cyano will start off brown and like that. Read our article on cyano in the SW articles.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:33 PM   #8
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oh i didnt know not enough light will cause brown algae...

too much nitrogen?
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the bulbs are basically new...less then 2 months..like month and week old.. i will read on cyano
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:48 PM   #10
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i tried searching cyano in SW articles but came up with no results
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