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Old 03-26-2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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Green dust algae outbreak - help me!!!



Well guys, very excited with my Coralife 29 Gallon Biocube Reef Tank, but am concerned with this green dust like algae that just arrived like a week ago. I wipe off with my NANO mag and it comes back within the hour.

My levels as far as PH, ammonia, trite and trate are good, phosphates no problem.

My lighting is Lunar LEDS 11pm to 7am. Actinics from 9AM to 9PM, White Fluorescent from 11Am to 7PM.

I need help as it is not fun cleaning the tank constantly, I want to enjoy what is going on inside.
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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Look like diatoms to me, symptoms of a new tank that should go away. Also, I believe your tank should have a period of total darkeness. I have darkness from 11pm until 7am...
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I have lunars on at night so I think that is good or why would they have lunar LEDs and not use them. What do others think here? Keep the solutions coming
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Diatoms for sure. I'm assuming your tank is new? It eats silicates so when they are gone the diatoms go away. Not really any CUC that gets rid of it. You just ride it out like everyone else who sets up a tank. I used to suck as much out with a water change as possible. Blow it with a turkey baster and it'll get removed from the water with your skimmer a bit at a time. Suck and blow, really all ya can do...
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I don't have a skimmer with biocube. I will disrupt sand and remove with next water change. I had brown diatoms then gone now green stuff. Do I just let it grow or wipe clean
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I'd wipe it up daily. I had a biocube, put some floss in the second chamber above the bioballs on that black shelf with the holes in it. If you stir up the algae it will get sucked into that back chamber and caught in the floss. Do this daily for a while and chuck the floss right after, you can get a big bag for like $5.
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So put in new floss daily? Thanks what about lighting?
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I think your lights are on way to long. There needs to be a period of darkness for these guys to "sleep". Lunars are basically so we can enjoy our fish in that atmosphere.

I run my whites for 6 hours with Actincs an hour before and and hour after. You may be able to run them 8 hours with actinics an hour before and an hour after.
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