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Old 09-09-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Algae question

Have a build up of algae on my sand bed that I can't seem to get rid of, brown to purple in color, perimeters are all good/with in reason( 36 gal fish and rock, few hermits, one nerite one cereith, 4 chromis. Any ideas what causing this? Tank is a little over 2 months old


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Old 09-09-2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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post a picture of the algae? easier to id then, though it sounds like cyano
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Old 09-09-2014, 08:23 PM   #3
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This is a google image, some spots are like this others are a brownish color, they are very spotty not as developed like the pic


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This is a google image, some spots are like this others are a brownish color, they are very spotty not as developed like the pic


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either diatoms or cyano. Cyano is caused by lack of flow and excessive nutrients. Bigred would be better at explaining how to get rid of it, hopefully he chimes in
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Ok thanks a bunch, I only have on pump, it's a sicce voyager 2 (800gph) maybe I need another?


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Old 09-09-2014, 09:11 PM   #6
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not to sure, wait for others to offer some advice as well. I have never battled cyano however if it is indeed cyano one thing to do is suck it out with a siphon. Large water changes will also help control it.
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Ok thank you!


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That puts you at 22x per hour. If its fish only thats ok. If you have coral you want to turn your tank over 30-50 times per hour.
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Ok then I need another pump! Thank you


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