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Old 11-17-2010, 10:58 AM   #11
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It would be to your advantage if you would consider installing a sump and getting rid of the canister as they become nitrate factories in a hurry and require much more frequent cleaning.

Are you using tap or RO/DI?

Using tap water only compounds the problem, if you don't have an RO/DI unit you should seriously consider getting one, it will make your life easier.
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Are the lights new? If you got it used the bulbs might need to be changed out. My algae problem in the past was due to overfeeding, old bulbs and water circulation.

+1 on getting rid of the canister.
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You can still use the canister just fill it with LR rubble rather than filter media.

It sounds to me like you are using tap water not RO/DI. To really get control of the algae you need to have a good foundation and your water is that foundation. RO/DI units can be gotten on Ebay for about $100 and are well worth the investment. They remove pretty much everything from your water making it dang near pure.

If you can't get a unit right away check with your LFS to see if they sell RO/DI water.

Also feeding your tank, if you are feeding frequently and a lot of food this can contribute to increased nutrients in the water. You may want to reduce feedings to every other day and reduce the amount of food you feed. If you are feeding any frozen foods you will want to thaw them out and rinse them with RO/DI water to remove any excess nutrients before feeding the tank.
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Using tap water is bad thing in saltwater aquaria.
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Lawnmower blenny helped my with a hair algae outbreak, but died after I got it under control.
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Lawnmower blenny helped my with a hair algae outbreak, but died after I got it under control.
I love my lawnmower, he does the kookiest things. I usually fee him formula 2 slice up and those algae wafers as supplement.
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Good for you Keith, without supplemental feeds they normally die when they run out of enough food.
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