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Old 03-20-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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How do I get rid of this nasty algae

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Old 03-20-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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Looks like you have:
Red Cyano
Bryopsis or Hair Algae.

Algae grows from feeding off phosphates and nitrates. Clearly, you have some issues with phosphates or nitrates. What test kits do you use?
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:55 PM   #3
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Heck I'd pull everything out, scrub the rock, let it dry out, recure it and start the tank all over. That is a mess.
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Yeah, it probably be best to restart your tank. Looks more like a Forrest then an aquarium with all the green. Clean it out really well.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:08 PM   #5
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I agree with scrubbing off the rock. Your tank has a nutrient issue even though your nitrates are reading 0...which is reading 0 because of all the algae consuming it as it grows in your tank.
How much do you feed? Do you use ro/di water?
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Do what equipment are you using to filter water and how long is the light kept on?
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:15 AM   #7
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One thing is for sure. My wife and I agree. The algae on top in the pic looks like troll hair.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:43 AM   #8
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Look up Prodibio bio digest and bioptim had an algae issue it destroyed it...it wasn't this bad but worth a shot and a lot simpler then starting over
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A sea hare will eat it all pretty fast. That being said, it won't address the actual issue of your hair algae. Just band aid it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:11 AM   #10
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That is a mess, but I had a tank that was just all green algae, couldnt even see the rocks, at all! lol

Anyways, i would dose per the instructions exactly, chemiclean. get rid of that red slime algae so you can see whats going on underneath it all.

You can use api's marine version of algae killer. That will grt rid of some of the algae. Now, if there is any algae under all that like bryosis(sp?) then you will need to go about it differently.

And MOST IMPORTANT you have to identify where it all came from and correct that behavior. This is all gonna just grow back if you dont, my suggestions are only to remove it for now and try to get a handle on things.

What kind of water do you use? RO/DI water, out of a machine, tap water? How often do you do water changes and how much water do you swap out? How often do you feed and what stock do you have in the tank?
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