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Old 09-06-2014, 11:04 PM   #1
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Algae question?

It seems like immediatly after i put coral im my tank it gets brown hair alge growing on it. I tried cutting feeding down I bought a gfo and carbon reactor. I am going to try cutting my light to 8.5hrs a day. My phos is 0 nitrates 0 yet this crap just keeps coming. I just started mixing my own to/di and salt mix I hope it helps my lfs had about 0.08 tds. Imfinally making batches with 0.00 tds. I did a 20% w/c. I'm just confused I'm trying to stay patient but its like every step I take doesnt fix my problem. This algae grows in like really long thin brown hairs and it grows fast it is starting to affect my corals.

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For months you have had problems with your tank. At this point, you need to make more drastic choices than what you are doing I think. Either scrubbing it all out and start over or major water changes.
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What kind of lights do you have? How old are your bulbs?

you might consider adding an extra powerhead or two, depending on the room you have.

I'd drop a couple hours off that lighting cycle for a bit.

Also, start picking that algae off the rock as you can. You'd be amazed at the dent you can make in it in 10-20 minutes a day.
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Old 09-07-2014, 01:54 AM   #4
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I have led lights, 2 mp10w on nutrient export mode. I have been slowly dropping my lighting cycle but that is one thing I could probably stay mor consistent with. I have been blowing it off the rock with a blaster but most people have told me Manuel removal is not getting to my root cause but I'm willing to give it a shot. Do you think it could possibly be the system maturing still? I have some corals thriving this issue began just after I eradicated a cyano outbreak. Another question I have been trying to get an answer on is tds? I've heard 0.01 TDS is bad is this true could it cause an issue like mine if I keep using it?

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It sounds like it could be dinos. Do you dip your new corals before putting them in your tank?


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I have started dipping yes.

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Algae question?

You've been "blowing it off the rock?" Meaning it's still floating around in your tank? Red flag there- you need to completely remove the algae from your tank. If it gets pulled off a surface but still floats around your tank, it'll just reattach somewhere else and keep on growing.

I agree with the suggestion to make more drastic changes- 6 hrs photoperiod and 50% WCs.


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Old 09-09-2014, 01:41 AM   #8
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It's annoying me but it's not taking over my tank it is kind of just there but I have noticed it more recently excelling a tad. I'm already doing as suggested and have taken my lighting from 12hrs a day to 8hrs, if this does not help I will take another 2 hrs off. If that doesn't work I will do a 50% w/c.

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What kind of algae is it

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