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Old 04-09-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Slime algea in my tank

Hi! I recently finished treating my tank with kick ich, as a result I ended up with this slimy green algae that has all but taken over my tank. At first I thought it was pretty cool lookin, didn't seem to bother anything but now I have a gorgonian and it seems to be taking it over, I haven't seen it bloom in weeks! I clean the gorgonian daily and the algae just takes it over again the next. I have scraped it off my rocks and done two water changes, even added a few hermit crabs and i can't sem to get rid of it. I have added two photos one of my entire tank and the other focusing on my gorgonian just so you can get a general idea of what I'm talking about. Keep in mind I just cleaned off the gorgonian yesterday. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 04-09-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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PS. I finished the kick ich approximately two months ago
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cut back on lighting lots of water changes , clean filter media often , charcoal , may need more water flow it's not close to a window by chance is it , what do your water stats look like
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I use tooth brush prior to water changes on rock but I'm dealing with red slim think I finally have it under control
probably same steps for the green stuff
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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cut back on lighting lots of water changes , clean filter media often , charcoal , may need more water flow it's not close to a window by chance is it , what do your water stats look like
PH
Ammonia
nitrite
nitrate
ect

I use tooth brush prior to water changes on rock but I'm dealing with red slim think I finally have it under control
probably same steps for the green stuff
My levels are all good. Perfect according to the fish guy I go to. He is the one that recommended the hermit crabs but the algae seems to grow faster than they can eat it. I have two anemones in the tank I'm afraid the lack of lighting won't affect them?
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what size tank is it
waterflow
is tank in direct sunlight kinda looks like it with glare on side of tank
how many crabs did you add usually 1 per gallon 1 or 2 just don't do the job
may want to add few turbo snails
if any of its hairy maybe even a lawn mower
don't trust a fish guy trust yourself doing them yourself its all about catching it before it starts
keep up the water changes




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Lower the amount of nutrients your putting in the tank, and your light duration to like 4 hours or so, and water change.
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By nutrients, do you mean food? In the past two weeks I have fed twice. I'm not sure what other nutrients you could be referring to. I just did a water change a couple days ago, should I do another now? I'll turn off my light now.
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You may have had some die off from the meds. That will increase the amount of organics in the water. I would be cautious about trying to control it with reducing lighting. That can have negative effects on many things. I would keep up the aggressive water changes and be sure you are using quality makeup water and salt. You will eventually dilute out the organics. You mentioned a Gorgonian, is it doing okay? I would suggest you read up on any corals or fish you add as that will greatly reduce your frustration.
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Yes I have a gorgonian. I can't really tell the health of it, I just cleaned it off so we'll see if it starts to bloom or not. The problem is I clean it but then the nxt day it's completely covered again so it's hard to tell if it's doing ok or not, I'm assuming the algae is suffocating it. Is there really anything out there that will eat this algae besides hermits? My algae blenny doesn't touch it
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what size tank is it
waterflow
is tank in direct sunlight kinda looks like it with glare on side of tank
how many crabs did you add usually 1 per gallon 1 or 2 just don't do the job
may want to add few turbo snails
if any of its hairy maybe even a lawn mower
don't trust a fish guy trust yourself doing them yourself its all about catching it before it starts
keep up the water changes

37 gal bow front (saltwater)
JBJ reaction 4 stage canister filter with built in uv sterilizer
external penguin bio filter with skimmer attachment
ETH 200 watt inline heater
2 power heads 500gph

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
It's more like a full time job !!!!
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Ok so I don't have nearly enough crabs I'll get more in a couple days. I do test myself as well I just get it rechecked by my fish guy to stay safe everything looks normal, I have a 28 gal bowl front. I wouldn't sa my tank is in direct sunlight but yes sun does shine on it, also my waterfowl I'm assuming is good I have a pink tip anemone that waves a lo. I have my reg filter and protein skimmer flowing the water. When I feed food goes all over
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