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Old 03-06-2012, 03:25 PM   #1
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Help! Algae out of control

I have done water changes nitrates are at 5 used Algaecide and now have moved on to hydrogen peroxide with no luck so far :/ it's brown and stringy and suffocating all my corals
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Nitrates seem fine. What about Phosphates? What is your lighting schedule like, what size is the tank and how much is in it?
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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It's a 60 gallon, I recently upgraded the bulbs in a 4 bulb t5 to 2 atinic one purple and one 10k. Live stock is yellow tang, blue damsel, domino damsel, two clowns, flame angel, lawnmower Benny, manderin dragonette, gbta, lots of corals, cleaner shrimp, turbo snails, blue maxima clam, flame scallop, I have about 80 lbs of live rock, eheim xp3 canister filter, lighting schedule is on about 9-10 hours a day, and blue LEDs at night, no protein skimmer:/
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:41 PM   #4
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Not sure on phosphates I'll have to check I use rodi water though
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Hmm... Your lighting schedule sounds good. I had mine on 12 hours a day (D'oh!) and got a lot of algae for a while. Good choice on the water, but not having a protein skimmer in a 60 gallon is asking for trouble, IMO.
My guess is that even though your nitrates are low, you probably have a lot of dissolved organics and nutrients that are feeding the algae. To start, I'd step up the water change schedule and suck out as much of the algae as you can. Then pick up a protein skimmer. Expensive buggers, but totally worth it.
Your tank is a bit on the small side for a tang, but I am not the Tang Police, and as long as it appears healthy and happy, I aint judging. LOL
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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Ya I know the tank is a bit small :/ plan on upgrading soon to a huge like 250 or something I'll look into a protein skimmer any thoughts on brands and such money isn't really a problem
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In freshwater, its cause by high sulphate or sulphite (sulfite).
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #8
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Think getting a lighting timer would help?
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:02 PM   #9
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I'm really not sure what type it is.... Green hair maybe? Or bubble? It's definately thick and slime like but forms long strings that have a bubble in them that break off and float around the tank and recolonize
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I'm not super savvy on algae names either. Definitely not bubble algae though. Could be hair algae, though the sliminess makes me think of dinos.
Anywho, a lighting timer is an excellent idea because both the corals and the fish will appreciate the consistency.
I'm not the best to ask about protein skimmer brands, as I've only been doing this for a little while and have only used two. Search the forums and I'm sure you'll find plenty of threads dedicated to protein skimmer selection.
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