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Old 05-04-2009, 06:26 AM   #1
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Question What eats red slime algae?

Hi Just wondering what eats red slime aglae in a reef tank, it's starting to grow on some corals?

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Old 05-04-2009, 12:22 PM   #2
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Are you refering to cynobacteria? If so, there is nothing that will consistantly remove it. I suggest soing a search on this site for cynobacteria for some in-depth answers.

In a nut shell...it thrives based on excess nutrients in the water. Mainly PO4 and NO3. First, test your tank and source water for both of these. Next, manually remove as much of the cyno as you can via siphon and do a water change using good quality pre-mixed RO/DI water. I am not a fan of using additives or chemicals to deal with water quality issues, however, in this case you might consider using a product called Chemi-Clean to help rid the tank of the cyno. Keep in mind, this will only remove the existing cycno and will do nothing to keep it from coming back. You must ID and correct the problem for long-term success.

Consider the following:
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-food offered and feeding schedule
-lighting schedule
-age of the bulbs

these can all contribute to the cyno issue.
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We had a bad cyano outbreak and what really seemed to help rid it was increasing the flow in the tank with an additional powerhead and adding algone. Our source water at the time was also questionable (grocery store RO) and we changed to home made water that tests 0 for NO3 & PO4. From all my research, nothing eats it since it's actually bacterial and not algal.
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increasing flow is also a great idea!
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Describe your tank and the hardware. We may be able to find the culprit.

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I agree. Nothing eats it but even if it did it would be a bandaid solution. Find out what`s feeding it and stop the source. We have an excellent article on it in our Articles section.
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Hi, Thanks for the info so far I have moved the water flow today so I will see how it goes in a few days.

My Tank is 600L inwall tank marine tank with 100L sump
- 1 Teco TC10 Chiller/Heater with UV
- 1 AquaWorld WG-520 protein skimmer
- AVK 2000L/h pump
- 2 ProAqu 5000L/h powerheads
- 1 ProAqu 6000L/h powerhead
- Aqua One MG1200 light, 2 x 150W 10,000 Kelvin Metal Halide lamps and 4 x 24W blue PL lamps.


My last test readings are-
Date 3.5.09
Ph 8.4
Ammonia 0
S.G. 1.022
No3 0
KH 9
Ca 420
Po4 0
Temp 25.5

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Looks like ya got enuf movement in there. Hopefully the ph movement will help. Po4..... that's the phosphate, right? Zero is good. How often and what are you feeding btw?
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Hi

Yer sorry P04 is Phosphate I have a bag of phospguard in the sump.

I feed them 1 brime shrimp, 1 marine green and 1 marine cube each 1in the morning and 1 at night. thats a total of 6 cubes a day and a little of cyclop-eeze and coral food 2 times a week.

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I am trying to get a good picture of the hammer head coral for you.
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You may want to test your source water for PO4 & NO3. It's possible that the algae / bacteria is consuming all in the tank and you can get false readings. Just a thought.
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