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Old 04-03-2008, 02:06 AM   #1
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i have an out breakof algae i dont know how to get rid of it or why it is there. its a 24ga tank with a 150w halide on for 8 hours a day i have a 7 watt uv lite i have 0 nitrate 0 phosphate i feed the 2 small fish in there very little i am using phosar hc reef pure to remove phosphae and am using de nitrate to remove nitrate i am also using chem pure carbon i have cleaned the sump and the tank very well i dnt know how to get rid of the algae or why its there
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What type of algae are we talking about? Can you post a picture of it?

A few more questions... How long has the tank been set up, and what exactly are the "2 small fish"? What type of water are you using to mix your salt with and what's your tank's pH?

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If you have 0 phosphates and 0 Nitrates why are you using products to remove them? I'm funny about adding things to my tank to "fix" problems.

I agree with Kurt, what kind of algae are we talking about? Is it green hair algae or something else? If you have algae growing in your tank then chances are you have phosphates and or Nitrates. Those are two things that algae feeds on.

Having a refugium with Macro Algae will help keep excess nutrients out of your display tank.

Post some pics if you can.
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I agree with them, how old are your test kits, and what kind?
How often do you feed and what kind of food?
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i have an out breakof algae i dont know how to get rid of it or why it is there. its a 24ga tank with a 150w halide on for 8 hours a day i have a 7 watt uv lite i have 0 nitrate 0 phosphate i feed the 2 small fish in there very little i am using phosar hc reef pure to remove phosphae and am using de nitrate to remove nitrate i am also using chem pure carbon i have cleaned the sump and the tank very well i dnt know how to get rid of the algae or why its there
How often are you feeding and what?
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The algae is black/red (not bright red) The tank has been set up for about 1 year give or take a month or so. The 2 fish are a clown fsh and a royal dottyback, the fish get feed brime shrimp about every 2 days or so. We use RODI water and the Ph is at 8.3. We use instant ocean test kits and they say they expire in March of 2009, We just bought them a few months ago. We cleaned the tank on March 30 which also included a 5 gallon water change. PLEASE HELH US!!!!!!
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You may need to change out your light bulbs. I would also do additional PWCs.
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The algae is black/red (not bright red) The tank has been set up for about 1 year give or take a month or so. The 2 fish are a clown fsh and a royal dottyback, the fish get feed brime shrimp about every 2 days or so. We use RODI water and the Ph is at 8.3. We use instant ocean test kits and they say they expire in March of 2009, We just bought them a few months ago. We cleaned the tank on March 30 which also included a 5 gallon water change. PLEASE HELH US!!!!!!
Is it leafy algea? Grassy tufts? Or is it like a slimy carpet? If it's a slimy carpet, then it's most likely cyanobacteria which is due to excess nutrients like nitrates and phosphates. Since you're using a nitrate and phosphate reducer, were you having problems with these things before? If it's le

You say you cleaned the tank on March 30th. Was this because of the algae issue? What all did this cleaning consist of? How often do you normally change water in the tank, and how much do you change?

Sorry for the endless questions, but we're just trying to narrow down what type of "algae" we're dealing with, and try and figure out where it's getting its fuel!
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Tank isn't near a window is it?

Also, frozen brine?If so I belive that water is phosphate laden. But you say that's at zero anyway. P.S. - I'd get that fish diet more balance than that and wih vitamin and garlic supplements.

OK, back to the algae. I'd also suggest changing the bulbs.
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I always make a funny face when I hear that someone "cleaned" their tank.

Kurt asked some good questions there. What kind of cleaning are we talking about?

Also Austinsdad makes a very good point, is the tank near a window that gets a lot of sun?
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