Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-26-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
sansouci01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Orlando Florida
Posts: 708
API algaefix

I'm starting to get a small hair algae problem in my tank. I've read a lot of positive things about algaefix but I don't really like putting chemicals in my tank. I do regular water changes and my parameters are all good. When I do water changes I try to get the algae off the rocks but it on there pretty good. Anything else I can do ?
__________________

__________________
sansouci01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Yes you can find the source that feeds the algea and cut it off. Other chemicals and livestock are only a bandaid solution.
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 09:17 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
sansouci01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Orlando Florida
Posts: 708
I do 25 % weekly water changes. Feed every other day and get my salt water from my LFS. Where else do I look ?
__________________
sansouci01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Before you add your pwc water to your tank do a water test on the water to make sure you are not adding the ammonia and nitrates to the tank.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2013, 09:39 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
sansouci01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Orlando Florida
Posts: 708
never thought of that. Friday is my water change day. I will check the water I get tomorrow. What if the water checks out good ? What is my next step ?
__________________
sansouci01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 02:35 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
PurplePolyp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Blanchard, OK
Posts: 381
Only feed twice a week and not more than your fish can eat in a couple minutes time.
__________________
Chad Johnston
PurplePolyp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 01:00 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mebbid's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 12,572
Quote:
Originally Posted by PurplePolyp View Post
Only feed twice a week and not more than your fish can eat in a couple minutes time.
I am more suggesting of an every other day feeding rather than just twice a week. But even then I would look more at nutrient removal methods such as a refugium or a skimmer. Since I added my refugium on my 20g reef I havent had a single positive nitrate reading since May.

Algaefix is generally a bad idea as it will remove oxygen from the water possibly putting livestock at risk.
__________________
"The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations." -Occam's razor
Mebbid is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 04:14 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mebbid View Post
I am more suggesting of an every other day feeding rather than just twice a week. But even then I would look more at nutrient removal methods such as a refugium or a skimmer. Since I added my refugium on my 20g reef I havent had a single positive nitrate reading since May.

Algaefix is generally a bad idea as it will remove oxygen from the water possibly putting livestock at risk.
Did you do a HOB fuge or did you go with an overflow?
__________________
20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2014, 08:06 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mebbid's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Michigan USA
Posts: 12,572
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmolavi View Post
Did you do a HOB fuge or did you go with an overflow?
I did a HOB overflow. Not my best decision but it worked out.
__________________

__________________
"The simplest explanation for some phenomenon is more likely to be accurate than more complicated explanations." -Occam's razor
Mebbid is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
algae, api

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.