Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-06-2004, 08:24 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 90
I want clean sand

I have this brown algae all over my sand. It mostly seems to be growing on the side of my tank that gets some sunlight. I've been battling it for like two months, trying syphon it out without taking too much of my sand bed with it.

Any suggestions for beating this stuff.? I absolutely hate it, and it seems to be spreading. At this point I don't even mind some "quick-fix" chemical that I'll have to keep usuing. I just want it gone.
__________________

__________________
29 gallon tank
40 lbs of LR
1.5 inches of LS
Fluval 304
CPR BakPak skimmer w/ preskimmer
Aquaclear 201 and 301 powerheads
Tronic 100W heater
2 20W NO lights
5-stage RO filter

Snail crew, Peppermint Shrimp, 2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Percula Clown, Watchman Goby
flynnternet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2004, 09:41 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
how long has the tank been up, what type of water are u using.
post your readings, amm, Nitrite, NO3, PO4
__________________

__________________
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2004, 09:45 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 428
Send a message via AIM to nodoubt471
its probably the sunlight. you might want to consider covering that area with black paper to block it out.
__________________
~*Kate*~
nodoubt471 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2004, 11:05 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 804
If your tank is new this is normal and will disappear with good water parameters, decent light and water flow. Cerith snails may help in the meantime. Otherwise you can use a turkey baster to gently blow it off.
__________________
46g SW, 65 lbs Fiji LR, 4" Aragamax DSB, Coralife 2X96w CF, CPR Bakpak II, CPR Aquafuge 12 w/ 2x9 Coralife Mini Aqualight, 4 Maxijet 600's, PCI 200W Titanium Heater, 2 Blue Green Chromis, 1 Gold Bar Maroon Clown, 1 Purple-Stripe Dottyback, Finger Leather, Trumpets, Rose Coral Open-Brain, Pagoda Cup, Xenia, Star Polyps, Yellow Polyps, Various Mushrooms, Toadstool Leather, 12 Astraea, 10 Nassarius, 4 Bumble Bee, 6 Cerith Snails, 12 Red Tip Hermits.
phases99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2004, 11:08 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 90
My tank is almost a year old. Ammonia nd Nitrite are 0. I use RO/DI water, but my phosphates (0.25ppm) and nitrates (15.0ppm) are are still too high (not sure why, I only feed every other day). I have a host of ceriths, but they don't touch it much.
__________________
29 gallon tank
40 lbs of LR
1.5 inches of LS
Fluval 304
CPR BakPak skimmer w/ preskimmer
Aquaclear 201 and 301 powerheads
Tronic 100W heater
2 20W NO lights
5-stage RO filter

Snail crew, Peppermint Shrimp, 2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Percula Clown, Watchman Goby
flynnternet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2004, 11:21 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 804
hmmm. I noticed you have a Fluval. What are you using in it? With your LR you shouldn't need to use your Fluval for anything except chemical filitration or water flow. If you are using the foam or biorings this may be your source of nitrates.
__________________
46g SW, 65 lbs Fiji LR, 4" Aragamax DSB, Coralife 2X96w CF, CPR Bakpak II, CPR Aquafuge 12 w/ 2x9 Coralife Mini Aqualight, 4 Maxijet 600's, PCI 200W Titanium Heater, 2 Blue Green Chromis, 1 Gold Bar Maroon Clown, 1 Purple-Stripe Dottyback, Finger Leather, Trumpets, Rose Coral Open-Brain, Pagoda Cup, Xenia, Star Polyps, Yellow Polyps, Various Mushrooms, Toadstool Leather, 12 Astraea, 10 Nassarius, 4 Bumble Bee, 6 Cerith Snails, 12 Red Tip Hermits.
phases99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2004, 11:48 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Miami, Fla
Posts: 649
It could be seasonal sunlight coming through the window. JMHO
__________________
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
-anonymous
seafan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2004, 01:30 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 90
I have carbon only in the Fluval. Got rid of all sponges, too, a while ago.
__________________
29 gallon tank
40 lbs of LR
1.5 inches of LS
Fluval 304
CPR BakPak skimmer w/ preskimmer
Aquaclear 201 and 301 powerheads
Tronic 100W heater
2 20W NO lights
5-stage RO filter

Snail crew, Peppermint Shrimp, 2 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp, Percula Clown, Watchman Goby
flynnternet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2004, 04:54 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 804
Quote:
Originally Posted by flynnternet
I have carbon only in the Fluval. Got rid of all sponges, too, a while ago.
It probably is the sun light then.
__________________
46g SW, 65 lbs Fiji LR, 4" Aragamax DSB, Coralife 2X96w CF, CPR Bakpak II, CPR Aquafuge 12 w/ 2x9 Coralife Mini Aqualight, 4 Maxijet 600's, PCI 200W Titanium Heater, 2 Blue Green Chromis, 1 Gold Bar Maroon Clown, 1 Purple-Stripe Dottyback, Finger Leather, Trumpets, Rose Coral Open-Brain, Pagoda Cup, Xenia, Star Polyps, Yellow Polyps, Various Mushrooms, Toadstool Leather, 12 Astraea, 10 Nassarius, 4 Bumble Bee, 6 Cerith Snails, 12 Red Tip Hermits.
phases99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2004, 10:36 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mays Landing, NJ
Posts: 499
I don't think sunlight alone would cause a diatom bloom. Usually high nitrates I believe are what feed it. I did have a bad case a month ago that lasted for weeks and it just recently subsided. I am pretty sure that mine was related to the left over silica in my water because I hadn't alyways used RO/DI.
__________________

__________________
MattP725 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
clean, sand

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to clean new sand? Alaris Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 14 08-19-2008 07:48 PM
Sand, do i need to clean it first? Cash Turtle Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 8 10-27-2005 03:30 PM
sand clean up pearsont74 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 9 05-18-2005 10:21 PM
how do you clean sand? LestWeForget13 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 01-28-2005 09:49 AM
clean sand?? hockeydude15 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 04-17-2004 01:26 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.