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Old 02-04-2010, 11:14 AM   #1
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Red Slime algae

I got some red slime on my sand. Just started lately. I think it might be from an increase in feeding (I have a hairy hitchiker crab I cant seem to lure with food). Anyways, I stopped attempts at catching him and am just giving up for a while, but I am wondering the best way to eliminate the red slime I have? It seems to grow back almost instantly. I did a water change after the overfeeding. I figured that would help. Didn't. Anybody have this problem before?
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Have you read our article about it in the article`s section.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:20 PM   #3
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Nope. Just read it. I think im going to try more water changes. How much you think i should take out?
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If this is the 14 gallon tank I would try 3-4 gallons twice a week. That is with RO/DI water. If you are using tap water that might be where the fuel for your cyano is coming from.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:25 PM   #5
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I got RODI. And thanks I will try that
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Since you only have the clowns you could also reduce the duration of your lights too. If those don't help then try more flow over the red slime.
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I have corals too. Just not listed in my profile. I do have one question on water changes. I currently do two gallons a week. One reason is normally that's all I need to keep levels in line but also because if I take any more out my toadstool leather is exposed to air. If I already have the salt mixed is it okay to expose him to air for a little bit?
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I just had this problem recently. I did about a 40% water change and removed 1/4 of my bioballs and replaced with LR rubble. I also added iodine, purple up and calcium. I can scrape it off my glass and two days later its back. It is also in my two dead spots on my sand. I have had this happen before and I think it is a chemical imbalance. Nitrates at 10ppm, NItrate 0, ammonia 0, calcium 400, ph 8.0-8.2 range. Temperature is about 78-82 tops and lights are on 10 hours a day. I get brown, red and some green slime algae.
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He will be Ok if only for a a short time.
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