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Old 10-24-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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Looks like grass

I have new algae in my sand and it looks like grass. I am wondering if its safe or good. My hermit crabs don't eat it. Is there a safe way I can remove it. When I cleaned my tank I got most out but it comes right back. I have added 2 pics to show what I am talking about. Thanks so much
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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What are your nitrate and phosphate levels at?
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:37 AM   #3
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It's green hair algae. Usually fed by nitrates and phosphates, hence the previous post.
Not really good or bad, most consider it unsightly if not kept under control. Generally it;s a sign that your parameters are out of whack. Too much of this or that just like any other type of algae growth.
Lawnmower blenny or tangs would eat it, but it's always hit or miss depending on the individual fish. Foxface too.
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My nitrate is 0-10 and phosphate 8.3
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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Its on the sand, suck it up while doing a water change...
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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8.3 has to be your PH. Do you have a separate kit for phosphates?
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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Ya that's my PH. I had my phosphates tested at the store, but now a can't remember what it was I do remember him saying it was a little high but not real bad. He gave me some pads to add to my filter system to see if it would help.
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Cutting back on lighting will help also.
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What's a good time I should run my might. I have 2 light a low power that runs 7hr and a high power that runs 5.
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That doesn't sound like too much light, I would def look into phosphate levels.
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