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Old 09-13-2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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Red slime algae

Over the last week, I have had a outburst of red slime algae. All I have in my tank is a black brittle starfish, some nassarius snails, and a yellow-tail damsel. I also have a carnation coral, a maze brain, and a purple zoa. I have a 90 gallon tank and do a 20 gallon water change once a week. Water parameters are awesome except for a 10 on nitrates. I am working on clearing the issue but was curious what clean up crew animals are best for red slime? Thanks!

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Old 09-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #2
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None. Reduce your nutrients and it will go away.

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Old 09-13-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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Not really any out there, use some airline tube to siphon out as much as you can every couple of days. Take a look at your feedings and reduce as necessary.
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UltraLIfe red slime remover works great but it does not fix the problem that caused it in the first place. Only proper water quality can do that. I'm currently fighting a fairly contained outbreak of cyano, that was introduced to the system by a new rock. In my case my water is perfect, so UltraLife is a good choice along with a good skimmer and a syphon*
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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We have a good articleabout it in the SW articles section.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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Your nutrients test low because the red slime is using it up. Try running gfo in a reactor to pull phosphates down

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