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Old 12-08-2004, 09:13 PM   #1
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algae problem

i have a brown algae that grows during the day its brown and it grows like crazy...when i have my lights on during the day 65wattx2 it causes it to grow like crazy...but then at night my cleaning team will eat almost all of it. then i have to go throw the same thing each day...any ideas how to stop it from coming back. tank has been runing about a month and a half.
everything is zero exept nitrates i think are at 5- 10 somewhere in there. i have done a water change about a week ago. do you think a few more little water changes will stop it from coming back
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Old 12-08-2004, 09:24 PM   #2
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I think you get an algae bloom after the first cycle for about a month or two, then the algae bloom will subside. I think it's normal. Also, what kind of water are you doing water changes with? If you use tapwater, the algae will always seem to stick around...

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im using half tapwater and the other half dissteled water from the store. since my tank is only 20 gallons its easy to do a 25% water change with store bought water.
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Ya, stop using the tapwater, that may be part of the problem. Tap water usually contains a good amount of PO2. This tend to feed a algae bloom. May want to get a PO4 test kit and check the level.
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get a sillicate sponge its probably diatoms and they feed on sillicate in tap water
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Old 12-09-2004, 10:46 PM   #6
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okay where can i get a sillicate sponge at? is it just a regular sponge? okay i retested my water and nitrates 0 nitrites 0. so it must not be my water paras. its prolly just my tapwater. i got a ro/di unit but they forget to send the adapted so they recent that so it will be here sometime this week. then i will do a water change with that water and see if that helps any
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