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Old 02-07-2005, 04:00 PM   #1
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Algea Question

Hey Guys, I have a 75gal. I use RO/DI water and had a 4x65 PC and didn't have algea problems. Now I got 2x250 MH and am having Diatom and the glass is getting green fast. The tank is 8mths old

I have great water conditions
PH 8.2
Amm 0.0
Nitrite 0.0
Nitrate 0 or undetectable
Phos 0 or undetectable
Cal 420

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15 turbo
8 mexican
15 blue leg hermit
6 red hermit
2 emeralds
1 sally light-foot
2 sand stars


WHY WOULD I HAVE ALGEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-07-2005, 04:48 PM   #2
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WHY WOULD I HAVE ALGEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most likely from the foods you feed. A zero reading on a PO4 test does not mean there isn't any. The test kits are unable to register organic forms that will fuel alages just as quick.

The increase in lighting would simpley have been a catalyst to spur it on otherwise. Especially if the tank was not "acclimated" slowly over several weeks to the new intensity.

Best suggestion is more water changes, review your food types and post how you acclimated the tank to the new light.

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Well I acclimated by 6 hr photo period first few days then increased to 9 hrs they have been running 3 weeks now. I feed frozen mix once daily,
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Well I acclimated by 6 hr photo period first few days then increased to 9 hrs they have been running 3 weeks now.
That would be part of the issue. When increasing the intensity to any great degree especially with MH, you need to slowly increase the intensity every few days. Limiting the amount of time the lights are on actually doesn't do much at all. Basically you need to shade the light with something (usually several layers of screen door material) while leaving the photoperiod the same. Then every few days or so you simpley remove one layer of the screen until you are up to full intensity. This allows the inhabitants to adjust a little at a time and nothing gets "shocked". It will also help with reducing instances of nuisance algae growth.

Since it's been 3 weeks, you don't really need to alter anything at this point.

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What brands/types of frozen and what fish do you have?

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I think I found the problem, My pump to the chiller was clogged up and the water was very warm!! Like 83°!!!!
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Old 02-08-2005, 11:26 AM   #6
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Fix it and see what happens. Heat can definately contribute to algae propblems.

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