I've got a brown algae problem after being away from my aquarium on business for 2 months.
Within hours, a thin hairy layer of brown algae grows quite rapidly on my aragonite sand.
I have tried good waterflow, charcoal, and phospate sponges in the filter along with rigorous protein skimming with no improvement. The water temperature is maintained at 79 degrees via an Aqua Logic chiller.
Parameters: 110 gallon glass (tall) // 30 gallon sump // CPR overflow and pump at 1100+ gph
// 2 powerheads at 100 gph
water added daily // lighting: 500 watts of MH
, 300 watts of VHO
in various spectrums for corals/rock
I am going to add an ozonizer to the skimmer intake in a few weeks.
I would say that I need a bigger cleanup crew and am adding snails and hermits and emeralds weekly.
What am I missing that is so hard to keep this under control? Does anyone have any more advice to give to a pretty hardworking learning reef keeper....I've given advice on this myself before and now I'm stuck....Please help!