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Old 06-29-2005, 04:44 PM   #1
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I am sooo sick of algea

I have brown algea growing on sand and I have no clue where it is comming from. I feed every other day. I have no phos in my tank and my tank is 6 months old. Its not the slime algea either. Could it be my pc lights? I have only had them for about 5 months.
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Old 06-29-2005, 04:56 PM   #2
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could be. have you had the algea since you have had the lights? and whats the color temp of the bulbs?

also whats the light cycle set at? hrs on, hrs off?
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:06 PM   #3
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i thought brown algea was just a fact of life in having a salt water tank
i clean my glass about once a week but dont see a huge outbreak like i did see the red slime
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:39 PM   #4
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The lights are on for about 7 hrs a day. I have had the algea since I bought the lights but it has gone away...This time it is not
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:22 PM   #5
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I just got my Power Compact last week, and have noticed a increase in brown alage on my sand, its not slimy or hairy, just looks like darker sand. How big is your clean up crew, im thinking of increasing mine, my hermits are hard at work, but i think i need a bigger team, i only have like 6-8.
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:39 PM   #6
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are you using RO/DI water or tap?

I know several folks around here using tap and they get large brown algae outbreaks
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:06 PM   #7
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have you checked for nitrates, phosphates and silacates??
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:10 PM   #8
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Yes I am using ro/di water. My nitrates and all are all in check. What kind of clean up crew should I have for this type of algea?
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:14 PM   #9
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what does in check mean? All 0
hermit crabs, sand sifting snails..
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:17 PM   #10
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My nitrites are 0 phos 0 but i dont have a silacate test. I have about 40-50 sand sifting snails in there
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