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Old 05-22-2016, 09:51 PM   #1
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Red slime algae and bubbles?

So currently have red slime algae working on taking over. I saw someone recommend a tin foil method and blocking out all light for a couple of days.. How would the coral and fish react with this? Is there an active cleanup crew member that could be added to help with this?

I've determined I am overfeeding, just got rods frozen fish food.. Trying to figure how much is the right amount. Then I also do pellets for my clowns.

All my levels show they are good. No high nitrates which I thought red slime algae thrived off?

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Ph 8.3
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Calcium 450ish
1.023 gravity

Just did a 5% water change.

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Old 05-22-2016, 10:28 PM   #2
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have you checked phosphate if it also reads 0ppm you are getting a false reading
black out will help yes corals will be ok a few days how you think they manage in nature when it storms for a week ,
method#1:

larger water changes will help 50% the next day 25% next day 50%

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if the rocks affected can be easily removed you can use tank water in a bucket put rock in pail scrub with a tooth brush ,

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black out tank for 5 days

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I've also heard of a peroxide bath the only thing with this it kills off everything even the good bb on the rock even any critters living in rock ,

methods 1 and 2 would be my choice of removal

all these methods work just depends on how you want to approach it,

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Phosphate is actually reading about .25 roughly.. I retested my Nitrate and I'm getting 5ppm.

I'm thinking I'll start with a blackout and see how that goes. From there hit it with a water change.

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when doing water change try to suck out as much as you can .
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It doesn't seem to come off the rock very easily when I use airline tubing.. I read that it should come right off. Could I be mistaking it with coraline?

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if it's soft and slimy it's red slim,
if its hard to the touch it could be coraline
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I'll give it a feel tomorrow.. Need to get my temperamental clown in her corner too...

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Red slime algae and bubbles?

Low flow areas allow Cyanobacteria to settle and form. Remember this is a bacterial infection, not a algae. It may be settling in areas where there is die off. So a blackout (or antibiotic cures) will only solve the problem short term. Flow and reducing the organics the bacteria thrives on is necessary for a long term fix. Using something like a GFO will starve out the phosphates this stuff loves.


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Low flow areas allow Cyanobacteria to settle and form. Remember this is a bacterial infection, not a algae. It may be settling in areas where there is die off. So a blackout (or antibiotic cures) will only solve the problem short term. Flow and reducing the organics the bacteria thrives on is necessary for a long term fix. Using something like a GFO will starve out the phosphates this stuff loves.


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As of today I actually started looking into a GFO reactor to have something active. I am currently running Chemipure ELITE in my filter sock, figured that was the best place for my sump/refugium setup. But am just now realizing I need to run the chemipure after my refugium because its probably stealing a lot of my macro algae's food..

Any how, I was thinking a cheap reactor running phosgaurd and then just have the added chemipure elite to be safe. The bag I have currently is pretty much new, I put it in less than a month ago and this bag is rated for 200 gallons.

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Also, per the flow statement. It seems my flow is very active and good. Anything that floats around comes down to the substrate and continues, never stays and idles. However, the red slime is happening in one of my areas where there is a higher amount of flow, which I found odd. I am running two Jebao WP-10 on opposing sides of the tank. One higher then the other, the higher one is making the wave motion whereas the lower one is a constant current. I would set it to random but if I do that it puts way to much stress onto my pulsating xenia's and my clove polyps.
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Or what I feel is too much stress... The xenia's are a little frag. Once they are hit with the power of the WP-10 they get blown in every direction.
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