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Old 03-18-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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strange darkcolored slime???

I havea strange dark colored dust that settles on my rocks and seems to manage to settle into the deepest crevases everytime. I scrub the live rock every once in a while to get it off. I'm not sure if it is a slime algae or someone suggested diatoms. I removed my zooanthids to a friend's tank and am planning on putting in a product that claims to kill all algae. I also have a cleaner shrimp, 4 emerald crabs, and over 70 snails that keep on laying eggs. any advice on how expel this nuisance.
p.s. i have a 150 g with dual 400 w 14k metal halides
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What are you water parameters? Ammonia? NitrAte? NitrIte? Phosphates? PH SG????

We need a little more info to help you out. How long has this tank been up and running? Can you get us a pic of the algae? How old are the MH bulbs?
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Any chance you can get a pic? Personally, I wouldn't add something that claims to kill all algaes. There are plenty of good algaes and the bad ones can be removed, if done properly.


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I agree that I`m not to fond of chems to remove algea. If proper husbandry is done you can knock it out. If it is dusty then I suggest it is diatoms.I am always wiping it off the inside glass of my tank.
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I agree with the guys. Also, a picture might help if you can get one.

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It could be a lot of things. All good advice has been given. A pic would sure help as well as age of the tank, cycling method and current water parameters. Just to echo what everyone esle said, avoid, at all costs, those tank treatments that claim to kill agale. They work to remove the existing algae from the tank but will do nothing to keep it coming back. You need to, first, ID the sunstance and, second, find/correct the source to keep it from returning.
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In addition to the info Ziggy asked for, what is the temp of your tank(during lights on and at night)? What is your water source for the tank- tap, RO, RO/DI?
NO3 and/or PO4 are usually the main culprits behind nuisance alga outbreaks.
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Here are a few good links on nuisance algea.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=14

http://www.fantasyreef.com/database/...d=11&item_id=5
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