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Old 12-13-2004, 06:38 PM   #1
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Algae Outbreak

I have had this algae growing in my tank for the last month or so. It grows on everything, my glass, my rock, and my sand. My tank is about 1 and a half months old plus cycle time. My question is what type of algae is it and how do i get rid of it?
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Old 12-13-2004, 06:42 PM   #2
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This type of algae is very common with the age of your tank. It is a good sign. It will go away on it's own usually in 3 to 6 days. That may vary some.
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Old 12-13-2004, 07:10 PM   #3
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I had this problem as well and it drove me nuts. Revhtree is right, though, it'll go away. Mine finally did but I had it for a few weeks, not just a few days.
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well its been there for about 3-2 weeks. do you think it will still go away on its own? or should i do something
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:08 PM   #5
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My tanks about the same age and I'm having the same problem. My cleaning crew is getting pretty fat. From what Ive read it goes away on its own. On a similar note the coraline on my rock its brightening up and I'm getting some coraline on the overflows.
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i got 4 turbo/ish snails, and 4 blue leg crabs. and they seem to be getting lazy during the day (when i would like it to be clean). and at night they half way clean it. then it starts back over the next morning.
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are you using RO/DI water? if you are using tap water, you could be adding silica/silicates or phosphates which will fuel the algae bloom. consider adding some macro algae to a 'fuge or sump if you have one to help with nutrient export- they will use up the nutrients in the tank before nusiscance algae can. usually diatoms like this are normal in a tank that is newly established, but if they persist for such a long time you may want to consider doing something.

have you tested your water? what are the params?
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diatoms... it will pass.

echo nodoubt471s comment about RO water. That'll help.

Are you feeding anything yet? Might cut back a bit..
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ya i have about half tap and half distilled. i have a tomato clown and a damsel. it will be all ro/di water, when the adapter comes for the sink. i dont have a fuge or sump since my tank is only 20 gallons. how much longer do you think it will take to pass?
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