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Old 01-11-2005, 10:59 PM   #1
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Metal Halide & Algae Blooms

I have just installed new 250W MH on the 125 and my corals are not opening up as well and I am having a terrible algae bloom (Smothering Corals Too). The other thing is that I have just transplanted about 70lbs of coralline encrusted algae and no it is turning whitish. I transported the LR submerged too. So all of this is going on and I don'tknow what to do. I am dripping Kalk as well. Please help me figure out what to do about the green algae bloom.
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Lighting: 3 x 250W MH 20K | 4 x 36" Actinic

Polyp/Coral/Rock: Pulsing Xenia | Ricordia Florida | Star Polyps | Button Polyps | Red & White Carnation Sponge | Small Hard Colt Tree | Brown Meat Coral. 120lbs of LR

Fish: Huma Huma Trigger | Yellow Tang | Royal Gramma | Cleaner Goby | 4 Four Stripe Damsels | 1 Three Stripe Damsel | 2 Domino Damsels
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Lighting: 30" 50/50 PC | 30" Single Actinic
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Polyp/Coral/Rock: Green Eyed Zoos | Colt Tree | 50+lbs of LR

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Algea is caused mainly by excess nutrients not by the light directly. Algae grows due to nitrates and phosphates;intense lighting will make it worse! Best bet is use an RO/DI unit to make all the water and make sure you run a good skimmer and practicce good tank maintenence!
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Did you use a slow period of acclimation for the new lighting? Adding MH to an existing reef can be shocking if it is done too fast.

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