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Old 01-14-2005, 09:12 PM   #1
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AUGH!!!! GREEN ALGAE!!!! (pic.)

I can't stand it! I have been fighting this for over a month! waterchanges do nothing! my parameters are great! I even lowered my days down to 10 hour days!

I am thinking about a lawnmower Blenny. Would this work in my system???

any other pointers?

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Old 01-14-2005, 09:17 PM   #2
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Do you mean green hair algae or just algae that grows on the glass?

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Old 01-14-2005, 09:23 PM   #3
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lemmie take a pic.... its all over about 70 percent of my sand.
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I wonder if 8 hours of light and a higher water flow would help? I have a brown algae problem myself and I'm hoping with RO/DI water changes regularly over the next month, a 1400 GPH flow rate, and lots more sand sifting critters will solve the problem. Also, I changed the filter regularly and it seems to have knocked it down even more. Is it an old cartridge?

These are just my ideas because I have had the same problems.
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Looks like cyno, what is your PO4?
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Old 01-15-2005, 02:49 AM   #6
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Wow Rocket. It almost looks fluorscent, unless thats your lights. I have green algae on the glass occassionally, but I haven't seen any like that before on the sand. I would get anything that eats green algae to help control it. Are there any windows close by that may be from natural sunlight? I'm not sure if it would be the lighting. I leave mine on for 12 hours a day and haven't had this problem. Maybe Steve -S could shine some light on this issue.

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Do you siphon it off when you do water changes? I would check the PO4 of your top water or the water you use to make salt water.
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A lawnmower blenny eats the furry stuff on LR and the substrate (though mine, only prefers the stuff on teh live rock better).

The kind of stuff you have pictured, my Lawnmower hasnt touched.

Perhaps Stirring the top portion of hte substrate might help break it up. When I get a patch of that, I give it a few days and then mix it up a bit...the disturbance seems to be enough to keep it in check.

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If you stir it, it will spread. I would get a small diameter air line tubing and siphon it out.
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If you stir it, it will spread.


Yep. Been there done that before. Won't do it again.

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