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Old 02-02-2004, 01:02 PM   #1
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Massive Brown Algal Bloom

I have a 55 gal. tank with currently 46lbs. LR and some assorted critters. I have a 48" double striplight NO that stays on approximately 12hrs a day. I want my encrusted coralline alga to grow but it is being overrun by this dark brown alga that is really unsightly. I need tips on how to grow the coralline algae but to contain the brown crap. Or will this be a constant battle?

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How long has the tank been up? If it is a newer tank, you could be dealing with a diatom bloom. Diatom blooms usually subside once the silica in your system is used up. Do you test for calcium and alkalinity? Maintaining calcium and alkalinity levels is important for good coralline growth. With NO lighting coralline growth could be slower compared to higher output lighting.
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What kind of water did you use to fill the tank and what kind do you use for water changes and top offs. Tap water is the culprit in alot of these cases. Using ro/di water for changes and top offs can help reduce the brown algae in alot of cases.
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I am using normal tap water from the faucet. I have never done a calcium test. My h20 test kit only has Nitrate, Nitrite, PH, and ammonia I need to pick up a calc kit. As far as ro/di water where does one get that?

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Try your LFS. If they don't sell it there, i've heard of people getting water from those machines that are outside grocery stores. You can also look on ebay for some good deals on purchasing your own. Saves you money in the long run.
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I used the ro/di machines outside of grocery stores that bbreef mentioned....I used it for months and it worked great, the only downside to it is lugging around gallons of water all the time.
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Thanks for all the info guys, I really appreciate it.
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