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Old 07-06-2010, 01:23 PM   #1
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How can I get rid of red slime

How can I get rid of red slime. I use r/o water and parameters check fine.
Started running poly filter and has helped some but mostly with the green algae instead of the red. Any suggestions will be appreciated. I have 24 gallon reef with 72 watts of light that stays on about 12 hrs a day. The tank is 6-8 months old and I haven't changed anything. Do water change every two weeks of about 15 per cent.

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This is what I would do. I would siphon up as much as you can when you do PWC`s. I would do weekly PWC`s and then I would cut back on feedings and light time. We do have a great article about it in our SW articles section.

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Get new bulbs, reduce light cycle and feedings, and read this:
Cyanobacteria, AKA Red Slime Algae
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I feel your pain. I've been on vacation for the past 3 weeks and I know my tank is covered in it. You may want to look into building a refugium or buying a HOB one to help export the nutrients. My plan for once I get home is to finally finish my sump/refugium and I plan to use chemi-clean to give mt new refugium a head start.
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I wrote a good article about how to get rid of algae as well - my best suggestion ( along with whats posted) is to make sure your rocks are stacked correctly. I had a huge issue with cyano and green hair before I redid my rocks - I had them all stacked up against the back and it allowed a lot of deitrus to accumulate. Post a picture if you can You may need to re-aquascape.

Make sure you dont have any dead spots, vacuum out any dead spots, add power heads if needed.. do a relatively large PWC and then do about 10-20% weekly. It will really help
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