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

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 02-25-2010, 03:03 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 25
Looking for a little advice on red slime

Hello all,
I just finished reading the article on red slime and I wanted to see what advice anyone might have. I own a 65 gallon reef tank, it has been running for approximately six months. I have two clowns, blue tang, two damsels, a cleaner shrimp, serpent star, handful of snails, and a few different types of corals. The system equipment I have running are, two hydor pumps a two and three, protein skimmer, and a canister Eheim pump.

Maintenance wise I am cleaning the filter and doing twenty five percent water changes every two weeks. I also am adding a little calcium and alkalinity to the water every morning. The water I use for water changes are the five gallon jugs from the store.

My issue is that the infamous red slime returns at the end of every week. Then continues to build up very high until I do a treatment every month and then the cycle repeats. I read in the article about draining the thawed frozen food from the store and will start trying that and see if that helps. As it is I only feed about once a day with the frozen food I like to switch it up and do flake food every other day.

My question that I have for everyone is does anyone believe that the canister filter may be the root cause of this problem? Or is anything else that I have been doing might be the cause?

Thanks for reading and any help you may be able to offer.:p

Isaac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2010, 03:25 PM   #2
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,367
I`ve never had it in my reef tank but I did have it in the eel tank. I always tried to siphon out as much as possible. Excessive nutrients are one cause. That could be from phosphates which comes from food, and Nitrates which come from the end of the nitrogen cycle. Another thing is are you using tap water. If you are than you are adding the fuel source to the cyano. Just thinking out loud.



You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank

AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 12:23 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: May 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 637
I finally solved (after 6 months). My tank gets a fair amount of light in the early morning. covering the tank when the lights were off so the extra light could not get it and no more cyano
mdaniel2882 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
cmor1701d's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,812
Great that you found that. Seems whenever I am home during the day it's cloudy out. Though last week I found that for a shot while the morning sun cmae through the small ardch window at the top of my door and hit my QT tank. It wat the last week or QT so I didn't bother making a similar mod, but will if I ever need to use that tank again.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 01:34 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 25
Fantastic! I will give that a try
Isaac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2010, 12:42 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Florida
Posts: 25
To go along with this topic I am very curious to see if anyone else here has any experience with canister filters in a saltwater tank? I am wondering if going with a sump would be step in a positive direction for the tanks health?

Isaac is offline   Reply With Quote

red slime, slime

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
Red Slime Help Brodie Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 09-20-2005 06:44 PM
Has Anoyone used this for Red Algae? ULTRALIFE RED SLIME RubixCube Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 01-21-2004 11:04 PM
red slime tpaparazzo Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 01-20-2004 09:58 AM
Red Slime? AngelFish_03 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 10-13-2003 12:13 AM
Red SLIME :( Salt4Us Saltwater Reef Aquaria 15 09-27-2003 02:20 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.