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Old 05-10-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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Algae outbreak

I recently bought a new lighting fixture 3 weeks ago. I was not able to do my regular 2 weeks water change. So after 3 weeks I notice I had an algae outbreak of green hairy algae. I did a water change this weekend after 3 weeks. The only odd ball observation is my sand looks slightly brown in some spots. Not sure if the algae oubreak was caused by the new lighting schedule or the delayed PWC.
My light schedule is
White: 9am - 5pm (8 hours)
Blue: 7am - 6pm (11 hours)
LEDs: 6pm - 1am (7 hours)
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:46 AM   #2
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The algae outbreak is tied in to your new lighting. Doing water changes to eliminate excess nutrients is a good first step. What is your current feeding schedule? You can also try cutting the light times down to 6 hours white, 8 hours blue, and black out the LED's for a few weeks to starve the algae. If you have no corals you can also do a total blackout for a few days to really pound the algae out.
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I have xenia and a 2" long rock with about 8 small zoas.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:39 PM   #4
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Do you use tap water or RO/DI water when you do you're PWC's?
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The algae outbreak is tied in to your new lighting. Doing water changes to eliminate excess nutrients is a good first step. What is your current feeding schedule? You can also try cutting the light times down to 6 hours white, 8 hours blue, and black out the LED's for a few weeks to starve the algae. If you have no corals you can also do a total blackout for a few days to really pound the algae out.

i beg to differ that algae outbreaks are tied to lighting, sure less lighting can help with less algae but its not the root cause of it.

my lights are on 16 hours out of the day and i have nothign buyt coraline algae growth.

keep your nutrients down and water columb good and algae stays away. when you neglect your PWC and your nutrient levels is when you get issues
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i beg to differ that algae outbreaks are tied to lighting, sure less lighting can help with less algae but its not the root cause of it.

my lights are on 16 hours out of the day and i have nothign buyt coraline algae growth.

keep your nutrients down and water columb good and algae stays away. when you neglect your PWC and your nutrient levels is when you get issues
Re-read his OP, he stated he replaced his lights and then the algae showed up. When you replace lights, it can trigger an algae outbreak if your water is less then clean. The new lighting will provide more food for photosynthetic organisms, algae being one of them. By limiting his light cycle, he can catch up on pwc's, export the nutrients, and get it under control.
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oops :P i feel dumb now. i didn't really read his post just skimmed it
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I turn off all my ligths since last night. When i go home today I am going to reduce the schedule to:

Blue: 10am - 6pm (8 hours)
White: 11am - 5pm (6 hours)
LEDs: 6pm - 10pm (4 hours)

I have a 90 gallon tank and i changed only 30 gallons this past weekend. I will wait about 10 more days and change another 30 gallons.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:08 PM   #10
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I have like 5 stalks of zoas Can they survive if I keep all my lights off for 1 week?
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