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Old 09-25-2004, 06:38 PM   #1
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Serious green algae issues

I've been neglecting my tank for a while, as i am in between homes, and in my negligence i've developed a pretty good amount of what looks like a green algae, or green hair algae, i dont really know what its normally called. Its in a 58 gallon reef tank. Well, i am moving next week into a new home and am planning on cleaning it out as best i can. I've got a good amount of light on it, so i kind of expect this algae to continue to grow, and i would like to know what the best approach to minimizing this growth. The majority of it is on rocks, so its not a simple glass cleaning procedure. what critters in what quantity will do the best job? how often should i expect to replace/add more critters into the tank? Now that its going to be on display, i really want to make sure that its looking good.

fyi, the tank has a few fish in it (regal tang, tomato clown, six lin wrasse, 2 damsels), a nice bubble tip anemone, and a couple of sets of green star polyps and mushrooms. i like the way its set up, just want to eliminate the algae growth. i've had the tank for over a year, but the growth has really bloomed since i moved into this apartment six months ago and changed the bulbs in my PC lights.

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Hey crvz, what kind of cleaner inverts do you have?

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My first question is what are you using for water......If tap have u tested to phosphates or silicates? these are the 2 major causes of problem algaes.
Try scrubbing the LR before you put the tank back together, get some ro, ro/di or kold steril water instead of tap if that what your using.
Some people use tap water for years with no problems, others use it once and get a algae bloom. Test the water.....
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i've got an RO machine that i use pretty consistently, although when i first moved in i will admit to putting some tap water to top of the tank. for cleaners, i've leaned towards the red-legged hermits, but i have some other hermits in there too. also have a few horseshoe crabs and a sea star. using a variety of snails, too. does this help for a response?
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