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Old 01-06-2012, 12:57 PM   #1
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Algae problem

Have just set up my new 185lt reef tank about 2 months ago.
After putting the live rock in 4 weeks ago and the algae bloom started 10 days ago, which seems to have matured into what looks like a fern type of algae.
I have introduced a Clean up crew 5 days ago but still have a lot of algae.
Is it just a matter of waiting ?
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Something is feeding the algae regardless. Are you overfeeding perhaps? What do you have in your cuc? My sea hare plowed through my hair algae in a few days when i started up my tank. Now just eats seaweed etc. Just a thought.
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Are you using tap water? You may want to switch to RODI water when you do you water changes...just an idea! Good luck!
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Your tank is new and algae blooms very common. Looks Iike green hair algea. You will almost certainly run into diatoms as well. I totally agree with last post as well. RO RO RO !!!! Must have for any reef tank Will save you money in long run on buying water from LFS. Filter guys is a good site.

Your best bet is to clean by hand ad much as possible and get some crabs and snails in there. They may of may not eat it tho. Some tangs may eat but must have big tank for tanks. Possibly lawnmower Blenny.
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Something is feeding the algae regardless. Are you overfeeding perhaps? What do you have in your cuc? My sea hare plowed through my hair algae in a few days when i started up my tank. Now just eats seaweed etc. Just a thought.
Thanks rick, I'm not feeding any thing as I have nothing in there except live rock, 8 crabs and 4 snails.
Will check out the sea hare.
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Are you using tap water? You may want to switch to RODI water when you do you water changes...just an idea! Good luck!
Using RO water from start, can't do any water change yet until bloom has finished can I .
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Using RO water from start, can't do any water change yet until bloom has finished can I .
Have you done any water changes since you started?
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I say change. Water changes never hurt. What are you phos and nitrates?
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Your tank is new and algae blooms very common. Looks Iike green hair algea. You will almost certainly run into diatoms as well. I totally agree with last post as well. RO RO RO !!!! Must have for any reef tank Will save you money in long run on buying water from LFS. Filter guys is a good site.

Your best bet is to clean by hand ad much as possible and get some crabs and snails in there. They may of may not eat it tho. Some tangs may eat but must have big tank for tanks. Possibly lawnmower Blenny.
Thanks, I have used RO water from the start. I have a CUC of 8 crabs & 4 snails who are feeding on it but not that fast.
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I say change. Water changes never hurt. What are you phos and nitrates?
Ph is 8.2 , ammonia 0 , nitrite 0 & Nitrate 0.
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