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Old 05-01-2012, 09:05 AM   #171
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Pretty sweet setup ....
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:09 AM   #172
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Algae is getting pretty crazy. I was leaving the tank alone for a little bit, but I think it's time to do something about it.

Im getting some red bubble algae, some small spots of red slime, green hair algae, and some red hair algae....wow lol

I bought a refractometer, and it turns out the hydrometer was off (no surprise). So I'm slowly bringing down the 1.028 to 1.025. Im going to do 10% water changes a day until it's back to where it's supposed to be.

As for the algae what can I do? will the water changes help that as well? Besides getting a tooth brush and scrubbing is there anything else I can do? I want to get the algae under control before I add anymore corals, I think thats the smart thing to do. Any advise would help...Thanks
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:04 PM   #173
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You can use a toothbrush and get some of the algae off then suck it up with a water change. And yep, the water changes will slowly get rid of the algae as long as you arent adding any excess nutrients to the water.

Do you add anything to the tank?
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I added a frag plug with a few zoas on it, but that was a little while ago...
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #175
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I meant do you add any reef snow or other food items? Or any supplements? Stuff that can help fuel algae.
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Oh, no nothing like that. I even cut down on the feeding the past few days because it's been getting worse directly under the lights.
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ok, just wanted to be sure. Some people just dump in the reef snow stuff and it ends up mucking up the water. LOL

Yep, water changes will be your answer to the algae issues. Maybe you can run some GFO as well...that can help with excess phosphates and take away some of the algae's fuel.
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What's reef snow and GFO? Haha sorry
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reef snow is coral food that people use, it comes in a plastic bottle and in my opinion is a waste of money and time as most corals will do just fine with water changes and enough light.

GFO is granular feric oxide, it will suck up phosphates from your water. The name brand is usually rowaphos, you can get a baggie from your LFS. As long as it comes in direct contact with the water then it will help with the algae. If you have a hang on filter or canister you can just add it in the baggies it should come with. If you have a sump you can out the baggie of it into the filter sock if you have one. thats what i do on the tanks I have that dont have a reactor to run it in.

Here is a link on GFO. I get mine from this site cause it's cheap.


Bulk packaged Granular ferric oxide GFO for aquariums - English
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I do have purigen in the hob filter...is that kind of the same thing?
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