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Old 03-04-2005, 09:19 PM   #1
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I just purchased a aqualight 130 watt double linear strip and all of a sudden have a algae problem. I have a gold crowned toadstool, a button polyp and a green star polyp. How much light (hrs) do I need for the coral to flourish vs. the flourishing algae??
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How big is your tank? How many hours per day is the light on?
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Old 03-04-2005, 09:54 PM   #3
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Its a 29 Gal tank, right now I don't have a timer, it will be here Monday, so it's on from 6am till 4 pm which I realize is too much...but what where is the balance.
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Old 03-04-2005, 10:27 PM   #4
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I have two 250w halides on my tank and i run them from 10am to 10pm. No algea problems here. What are your water perameters? How often do you feed? Is it green algea? How long has your system benn up?
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Old 03-05-2005, 09:25 AM   #5
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Tank has only been setup for a month. Water parameters are NH3 =0, NO2 =0, NO3 =0, PH= 8.4 Salinity 1.023. Didn't have any trouble with algae until I installed the new light. Algae is brown and pretty much covers all 4 sides and some on the sand as well
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Sounds like you are just having a typical brown algea bloom that is very common with new tanks. I would cut back on your feedings and runn your lights a little longer and keep doing your water changes. It should clear up. Just a matter of time.
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:36 AM   #7
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My local LFS has suggested that I do a 10% weekly water change. Your thoughts?
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Most people do weekly or biweekly waterchanges. I would say 10-15% waterchanges would be good until the algea clears up then you could probably get by with biweekly
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What type of water are you using for the chages and top-offs?
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I've been buying the water premixed from the LFS. He has a RO system.
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