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Old 11-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Bryopsis... Any help?

So I've confirmed that the algae in my tank is once again bryopsis.. I don't know what I should do.. I do two 10% water changes a week for a thirty gallon reef with a clarkii clown, camel back shrimp, and a pajama cardinal. I have a 20 gallon sump with skimmer and fuge. I have gfo media, but not a reactor. I use ppurigen in my tank. It's barebottom so I can just suck up any detritus, and the stuff I miss goes into a filter sock that is washed out weekly. Help me please!!

I have already tried raising my mag with kent m, it didn't really help me.
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Updated pic of it? The last one you showed looked more like hair algae.
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Bryopsis, once established is pretty hard to get rid of, I still have a outbreak of it in my algae scrubber. It needs nutrients to grow, so it's the usual suspects, over feeding and or inefficient extraction of organic wastes. Sounds like you are doing everything you can, what do you feed and how often?
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Bryopsis, once established is pretty hard to get rid of, I still have a outbreak of it in my algae scrubber. It needs nutrients to grow, so it's the usual suspects, over feeding and or inefficient extraction of organic wastes. Sounds like you are doing everything you can, what do you feed and how often?
Well see, I went extreme to get rid of it. I gave all of my fish away and went barebottom because it got so bad. I finally had it cleared up and now that I have fish, it's creeping back. I feed once a day, but not much.
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Updated pic of it? The last one you showed looked more like hair algae.
I can't get a close enough pic, but bryopsis is a type of hair algae. It's much harder to pull off the rocks and grows kinda mat like in clumps. It's completely off the left side of my tank, but the right is getting worse.
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Yes, it is "brissly" and comes off in clumps. Easier to remove than hair algae at least! It is a good exporter of organics as well.
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Dude, I still don't know why you feed daily. Twice a week and my fish are fat.
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Yes, it is "brissly" and comes off in clumps. Easier to remove than hair algae at least! It is a good exporter of organics as well.
Well easier to manually remove I guess, but I swear its impossible to kill the stuff. And I guess that's on way to look at it haha! But I'm worried about it affecting the health of my corals. (Ex: strangling them out)
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Dude, I still don't know why you feed daily. Twice a week and my fish are fat.
Well I feed very little, unless I'm using my frozen mixture, where I spot feed the fish.
But twice a week?? Maybe I should start... Idk
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Well I feed very little, unless I'm using my frozen mixture, where I spot feed the fish.
But twice a week?? Maybe I should start... Idk
Yes, I agree. If you have a massive filtration system, you can feed more. Especially with a algae scrubber like mine. But in smaller systems, you really need to control food intake. If you are feeding home brew mash, it is loaded with protein, so a little goes a long way. Rule of thumb is that the herbivores need to browse constantly to get enough to eat, but the omnivores and carnivores only get an occasional snack in the wild. So more nori sheets, less protein.
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