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Old 05-09-2005, 01:58 PM   #1
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new lights, new algea.... need reassurance

Quick info on the tank:

55 gal, 29 gal sump, mag 12 drives the system with a scwd alternating between 2 returns, 2 300gph pumps in the main for more flow, a Magnum canister filter with just the micro-filter, 140 lbs of live rock between the main and the sump, euroreef 5-2 skimmer in the sump and one more 300 gph powerhead in the sump for movement (macro algea happily grows in the sump).

I upgraded my 4x65 wt PC to 300 wats of sunlight supply tek-t5s. So the tank is wicked bright now (dont be fooled by the wattage these bad boys are equivalent to MHs and I have some really good SPS growth over the two weeks I have had them!). But I also have a ton of green slime growth on my glass, and there lies the problem. I am not sure what to do, everything was fine prior to the lighting upgrade now things seems to be growing at alarming rates (good for corals =) bad for algea). Any suggestions? All parameters are happily 0 and have been for a long long time, only distilled water goes into the tank (the walmart variety), evap water is replaced with a kalkwasser drip (also using distilled water).

55 gal FOWLR
Euro-reef 5-2 skimmer, 29 gallon sump
3x penguin 1140 ph
2x65 10,000K and 2x65 03 Acintic
40lbs cc/30lbs argonite sand mixture
80lbs keys rock (www.liverocks.com awesome stuff)
25lbs fiji/tonga lr
10lbs lace base rock (now hapily live with lots of coraline growth)
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Old 05-09-2005, 02:17 PM   #2
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get yourself a good cleaning crew
I have brown algea growing and went right down to get 10 mexican turbos and hermits can start see alittle difference in jsut 2 days

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Getting a cleaning crew will help alot...You will generally get a hugh algae bloom after you have upgraded lights this happens to everyone. Just clean and wait it will stabilize.
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