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Old 03-04-2015, 12:24 PM   #11
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If im to break the tank apart, would it be less risky to dump the live rock to make sure no green hair goes back in the display once cleaned.
If you can manage it, I'd clean it as good as you can then stick it in a dark bin to cure for a long time before using again. I had a batch that I placed in a bin and mixed in a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. It totally cleaned the remaining algae off and now the rock is back in my tank.
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I won't kill thoses LR, the problem may be worse...

GHA "seeds" are present everywhere IMO. They only grow when the conditions are good for them.

I never had any GHA for a year, then decided to bleach all my live rocks, due to hydroids infestation, and now I have GHA problem... So you see, the problem is not the GHA itself, the problem is related to nutrients/lights...

Also, if you dose peroxyd, be ready to see bacterial outbreak... Slime everywhere...

Yesterday, I had a LOT of GHA, so I decided to perform a little cleaning with a water change. Straight before changing the water, I used a (dedicated) toothbrush to disloge all the GHA. I know they'll grow back, but it will take some time... Also, each fragment of GHA you remove means nutrients removed from the tank

The best I found for GHA, is a bit of NOPOX if you have nitrates in the tank, toothbrush removal, and heavy protein skimming. Also using a turkey baster on the rocks right before a water change, you'll see what gunk (nutrients) comes out from there...
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More advanced tactics like using hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous because the stuff simply doesn't care what it's killing. Corals with calcium based skeletons will be killed just like the algae. So do not dose it into the tank.
Start off with reducing feedings and large water changes with ro/di water while you manually remove the algae.
Once the problem is much more manageable, we can try more advanced things like this, but won't be effective when things are so overrun.


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has anyone tried raising mag levels with Kent Tech-M? Google it. Folks are having a lot of success with it.
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has anyone tried raising mag levels with Kent Tech-M? Google it. Folks are having a lot of success with it.

Yes. I have and was successful. Now, I believe it is a certain type of Bryopsis, and I've heard Mr. X say that all GHA is in fact Bryopsis, which is true, but it's in my belief that the type of Bryopsis that is successfully tackled with Tech M is the fern like Bryopsis.. I'll look back at my old posts for a pic.
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Yeah that looks the same as mine. Some of it seperate from the rock preatty easily but some of them are strongly atached to the rock. Even when i brush it with a toothbrush, it remains on the rock. About the feeding, i havnt put any food in the tank for a couple months so feeding is not the issue here. The light are being runed 6h per day which is preatty low. I think i have no choice but to take that tank apart and seperate those corals from the DT and give those rocks a massive treatment. il be looking in buying annother small tank to put my corals in during the cleanup.


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I support that plan, sometimes its the only way to get it back. I fought my old tank for a long time until one day I went to town on it. Pulled everything out and scrubbed the rock like there was no tomorrow. I put it all back to gether and kicked myself for not doing it sooner. It looked awesome once it was cleaned up and I enjoyed the tank much more.
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There are two links to algae battling in my signature, but this is going to be a long one.
Plain and simple, you have a nutrient issue in your water column. Nitrates and phosphates. This comes from feeding way too much. I feed my reef tank every 3 days, sparingly.
Do water changes and top offs with ro/di water. This way there will be nothing in the water that can feed the algae. Large water changes with ro/di and manually removing the hair algae as you are doing the water changes.
He lost all his fishs, and some dead fishs were hidden behing the rocks... Also he lost small creatures like snails, etc... don't know why he lost thoses things... (Stray voltage maybe?) But for sure, it caused a major nutrients problems.

I already saw his aquarium, I leave near him... Averything seems healty, not so much algae, healty looking corals, schedule Ok, but only one thing bad, he was using tap water. But this don't explain the true source of the problems...

Why fishs carpet jumped ? Why the others fishs died ? Why he lost all his inverts, like snails, etc... But why the only invert that didn't died is his 2 peppermints. ????

I think this problem has an origin.
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He lost all his fishs, and some dead fishs were hidden behing the rocks... Also he lost small creatures like snails, etc... don't know why he lost thoses things... (Stray voltage maybe?) But for sure, it caused a major nutrients problems.

I already saw his aquarium, I leave near him... Averything seems healty, not so much algae, healty looking corals, schedule Ok, but only one thing bad, he was using tap water. But this don't explain the true source of the problems...

Why fishs carpet jumped ? Why the others fishs died ? Why he lost all his inverts, like snails, etc... But why the only invert that didn't died is his 2 peppermints. ????

I think this problem has an origin.

Ok so he was using tap water, which was the first question asked but never answered. Depending on how bad the water is, copper, etc I can see inverts not surviving. Fish jumping? I've had fish jump in what I thought were pristine conditions too...
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