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Old 08-01-2014, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hey, thanks for reading.

So I am having an issue with red slime algae, so I googled "Marine Algaecide" and API's "AlgaeFix" Marine came up so I clicked on it. At this point I remembered that I have Algaecide for my pond. I went and grabbed it and compared the active ingredients. It was an exact match.

API's product says that it is Coral, Fish, and Invert safe. However, with the algaecide that I used the back said that it was not invertebrate safe.

Unfortunately it is a little late for me to say "better safe than sorry", so do you think that considering they have the exact same active ingredients at the same concentration, will my fish, coral, and inverts be okay?
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:18 PM   #2
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Well red slime algae is a pain in the butt no doubt. Red slime forms in areas of little to no movement, high waste output, or poor quality water. I'm not saying you have any of those but those are what I have concluded IME, also water going into the tank can be a problem as it may contain high phosphate levels

Putting that in a tank is like covering a wound that need a stitches with a bandaid. I wouldn't have done it honestly.


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Yup. I agree that it is a VERY temporary fix. I'm going to get new lights (which is the main problem) in 10 days and I will also be putting in some powerheads soon. But do you think my tank occupants will live?
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Yeah they will live! What kind of lights are you going for? And if I were you j would go with the eBay LED lights that run around $90-$100.

What size tank do you have?


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You're a life saver!

I'm looking at these LEDs because of their price, output, and timer. My tank is a 55.
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also keep in mind that it is most likely NOT algae, but bacteria, cyano bacteria to be exact.
SO before you go dumping stuff in your tank, you should read up on cyano bacteria.
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I'm looking at these LEDs because of their price, output, and timer. My tank is a 55.

Those lights aren't going to support much, pretty much maxed out at softies.
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Yup. I agree that it is a VERY temporary fix. I'm going to get new lights (which is the main problem) in 10 days and I will also be putting in some powerheads soon. But do you think my tank occupants will live?
There are no powerheads in your setup? So where is the water movement coming from? Without movement in the water, oxygen is used up and CO2 builds up. This is deadly to fish...just as deadly as ammonia or nitrite...
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I am planning on just having soft coral actually.

I have a return from my refugium that's powered by a pump, the water it brings back in pushes a fairly large mass of oxygen in bubble form about 8+ inches under the surface of the water constantly.
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And what size of tank is this? A return isn't enough under normal circumstances. You also don't want them shooting bubbles through your tank, it creates salt creep and will drop your salinity.
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