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Old 01-14-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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I run my metal halides for 8 hours and run my actinics for 10 (1 hour before and 1 hour after metal halides). What is your water temp? Temperature seems to help algae grow. Also, if your feeding daily, I'd reduce it to once every other day. If you can pull your rocks, pull them and brush them off in a bucket of salt water ( you can use some of the water you pulled out while doing a water change). Water changes weekly (I do mine every other week) are necessary to say the least!!! And don't give up!!! I had the complete opposite of you, I was TERRIBLE at FW but for some reason SW was easier to me. But like everyone else here we've all had some issue or another with our tanks!!!
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I run my metal halides for 8 hours and run my actinics for 10 (1 hour before and 1 hour after metal halides). What is your water temp? Temperature seems to help algae grow. Also, if your feeding daily, I'd reduce it to once every other day. If you can pull your rocks, pull them and brush them off in a bucket of salt water ( you can use some of the water you pulled out while doing a water change). Water changes weekly (I do mine every other week) are necessary to say the least!!! And don't give up!!! I had the complete opposite of you, I was TERRIBLE at FW but for some reason SW was easier to me. But like everyone else here we've all had some issue or another with our tanks!!!
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:01 PM   #13
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:36 PM   #14
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I am a freshy but had algae problems for a while. Like you, I had my lights on ALL day long. I reduced the light to 4-5 hours a day and the algae went away.
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Can you post pic of your outbreak? If you have diatoms then that is probably feeding off the silicates in your sand and will burn themselves out. My concern is how you said that they are bubbling up, making me think it is either cyano or dinoflagellates.

Either way, it is going to break down to water changes, siphoning the stuff out during water changes, reducing time the lights are on, and reducing feedings/amount being fed.
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....What they said....except adding more eating, pooping critters to solve the problem of excess nutrients.
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....What they said....except adding more eating, pooping critters to solve the problem of excess nutrients.
You mean a "clean up crew" don't you mr_X
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Yeah, his point is snails and crabs don't actually reduce bioload like people think, they add to it. They eat algae which kinda helps, but then they add nutrients, leading to more algae. Their bioload isn't huge, but it's still there.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:46 PM   #19
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Sorry, more directed to the OP
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