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Old 07-08-2006, 08:53 PM   #1
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Algae Update

I posted awhile back with some pictures showing the Hair Algae outbreak in our aquarium. I have a pic of the tank now, and most of the Hair algae is now gone.. however we have this brownish algae now on the rocks and sand. I'm hoping this is better news than before and that we are on our way to getting rid of this problem. The bad news is the brown algae is covering the beautiful purple and green we had growing on the rocks... making the tank now look dull.

Again, we cut the lighting cycle by a few hours, stopped feeding flakes except for once a week, changed the powerheads to the maxi-jets and altered the locations so that they point at each other.

Any ideas on how to clean up this other algae besides what I listed above?
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Old 07-10-2006, 08:12 AM   #2
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Thought about an algea nibbler? I put a lawnmower blenny in mine. He got fat and the green stuff dissappeared. Might try one or two medium turbo snails too. How often do you feed and how old is the tank anyway?
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snails and hermits will help but pwc and changing the PH flow will help also.
test your water and see what your off on.
i had algea issues like crazy and turned my lights off completely for about 4 days and that helped...now they are on only about 8 hrs.
alos i stops flake feeding and use a small amount of froze formal 1 every other day.
my coraline is spreadig like crazy and i havent seen near as much algea.
all my water levels are good though
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that is cyano, not algae...
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You have an excess of nutrients. What kind of skimmer do you have,refugium?
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At second glance, I'd also turn your powerheads at the front glass to crash and possibly flow water to some of those dead spots. I see you got'm pointing towards the surface. When they crash at each other ont the front glass, you should also be able to get the surface to move. Are they 1200s? (the PHs)? Got too many dead spots. I thought only the red stuff was cycano, but as Hara noticed, you got both it seems.

And how often are you feeding?
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Hey all, sorry I can't check this site while I'm at work to respond faster.

Those are Maxi-Jet 1200's. I did have them both pointing at the glass and had the same algae issue. I just recently changed them to point towards each other like suggested in a few other posts to see how that helps to generate more random water movement.

I am feeding every other day. That brown stuff comes right off the rocks with a rub from my finger. It seems to be "settled" algae from cleaning glass etc.

I run a AquaC Remora Pro Skimmer with Mag3 pump. I don't have anything else filtering the water except for the Natural Live Rock Filter. Is this maybe the issue? I do have a Bio-wheel stashed away, but was told they are bad as they are "Nitrate Factories."

For Algae cleaners, I have about 20 Hermit Crabs, 20 Snails (Cerith and a couple turbos), 8 Nassarius snails for the sand, a Lawnmower Blenny. Also a couple Emerald Crabs.
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I'll tell you what. If I remember correctly, that is a HUGE improvement over the last post. I think it was the one with the hair algae all over the place? That red stuff is cyano it will begin to form bubbles and you will see it floating. I agree with austinsdad, you may want to switch up the PHs to alleviate the dead spots.
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My blenny is an algae pig - I don't even have any visible algae (aside from corraline), but he's constantly nibbling on something, and he's FAT! I'm sure he'd love to dig into that growth.
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Keep up with regular water changes! Siphon all that cyano and algae up every time you do a water change. I'd suggest one every week until you get it under control. You may want to invest in a RO/DI machine if you don't have one already, since this will make sure your source water for water changes and topoffs is the best you can get. Make sure you have plenty of snails and possibly some hermits. Change powerhead direction every so often to aim towards troubled areas.

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