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Old 01-20-2014, 04:53 PM   #1
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Red algae problems

Because of the above I have decided to completely cover my tank using a towel. I have heard that three days of complete darkness will cure this. Any thoughts?? ThanksClick image for larger version

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Old 01-20-2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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It will kill what's in there but won't cure the problem. You need to look at the amount of time you run your lights you need to look at the nitrates nitrites those are just some of the things you need to be looking at. How often are you feeding your fish how heavy of a bio load do you have. All these things will affect and unfortunately some of them promote cyano.
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One thing I notice you have a lamp shade next to your tank. I'm not sure how long you leave it on but I know some algae would thrive on specific light frequency. In my experience, I notice a red slime would start to build up in my substrate if my 10,000 k is on longer than it should. However, my actinic blue would have minimal effect on it even if I leave it on longer.
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First and most important question, what type of water are you using
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how are your parameters? nitrate/phos?
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Parameters are all good
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One thing I notice you have a lamp shade next to your tank. I'm not sure how long you leave it on but I know some algae would thrive on specific light frequency. In my experience, I notice a red slime would start to build up in my substrate if my 10,000 k is on longer than it should. However, my actinic blue would have minimal effect on it even if I leave it on longer.

I agree with this. During certain times of the year I get some natural sunlight. It can certainly cause algae to grow. But the base problem is too many organic products in the water feeding it. Reduce feeding, reduce length of tanks day and increase nutrient export.
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