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Old 06-28-2012, 10:43 AM   #11
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I have the same problem with the red algae. I had all the correct parameters. I did water changes. Nothing seemed to work. Until I adjusted my protein skimmers to produce more waste. I have two reef tanks and that seemed to work on both. Just give it a few days and monitor your skimmers. Hope yours work too.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:08 PM   #12
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If you just solved the TDS issue I would stay with manual removal and water changes now that your water is good to go. Should start to see it go away, but it will take time if it is dug in as you say it is.
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
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I have the same problem with the red algae. I had all the correct parameters. I did water changes. Nothing seemed to work. Until I adjusted my protein skimmers to produce more waste. I have two reef tanks and that seemed to work on both. Just give it a few days and monitor your skimmers. Hope yours work too.
You mean wetter? I have a tune 9002 and it seems to have a mind of its own! Never produced dry skimate always like green/brown water.

Ok, so I've adjusted it so it starts to fill up the cup. Let's see how it goes!!

Thanks for all the advice. I'm sure I'll get there eventually
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:20 PM   #14
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Ok so I've adjusted the skimmer now so it's making a LOT more skimate. I guess it's just a waiting game now as it will only be taking out whatever hasn't had a chance to break down.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:59 PM   #15
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Good luck. Sounds like I've gone through the same battle as you. Started off with Cyano, then hair algea, now I'm fighting this red turf algea. I haven't figured out anything that will stop it and you can't get it off the rock while the rock is in the tank, I have a problem scrubbing the stuff off.

I will say I recently got a sally lightfoot crab and I've seen it eating some of the hair algae.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:09 AM   #16
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Here's a few pics to show how bad it was...
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:16 AM   #17
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So yesterday I stripped everything from the tank I could. Scrubbed and basically boiled the rocks (sorry small creatures). Got a lot of stuff off and out of the tank. I managed to dig out some of the old substrate from underneath the big rocks and cleaned that too.

I cleaned my skimmer and took out an old bag of phosphate remover that I'd forgotten about (doh) and was covered in brown slime. (it was probably about 5 months old)

Added some new bacteria and bacteria feeder from the Probio and the skimmer is skimming like a man possessed!

Almost got stung by an invincible fire worm but he survived and I put him back in the tank.
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Here's the clean (for now) tank
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