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Old 03-10-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
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Purple Algae good or bad

Hi guys

Looking for some help !

Getting this purple algae all over the tank
I've heard it's good am I right ???

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With 10000 k marine
Plus 15000 k awua blue
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All help would be greatly appreciated as I am very new at this

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purple algae is coraline algae,Good.but your tank is too small for a tang
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Thanks David

My yellow tang has being there since the start , the guy in the pet store said he would be fine , they really don't know what there talking about !


What do you think the problems are with leaving him there ?

But the purple algae was really worrying me

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If its hard then it`s coralline but if its soft then its cyano. What bothers me is it on the substrate. As far as the two tangs what will happen is that the close quarters will cause a lower immune system thus hastening disease and parasites. Your LFS did not do the right thing unless he did not know what size tank you had. But if he knew then he was interested in a sale.
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Hi melosu58

Yes it's soft on stones very Easy to brush off , is this harmful ?

And yes the Pet store new what tank I had they ere just interested in money !

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If it`s soft then that`s bad. We have an article in our Sw articles section about it. It`s called cyano.
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Yeah 190 litres and 2 tangs ( it looks like)? Definitely cyanobacteria, you need to get those fish into a bigger tank soon
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:38 AM   #8
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Hi again guys

Thanks for all the help

Is there anything I can do to keep my Tangs ? Uv sterilisers would these help ?

I am really disappointed in my pet store

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no. it's stress from being in a small tank that is going to kill them. the only remedy is a bigger tank. sorry bro!
btw, water changes with good source water (R.O.D.I.) and vacuuming out what you can with each water change, along with cutting back on feeding is the best defense for cyanobacteria.
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