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Old 10-25-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Is green algae good or bad?

I heard green algae is bad to have is this true? Within the last 4 days this showed up on my live rock
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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Is the tank a new setup and has it cycled yet if so? If its been setup a while I would check your water perimeters. It looks like something a few hermits and snails can take care of!
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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There is 4 peppermint shrimp and 3 turbo snails and several blue hermit crabs a long with a yellow tang
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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Is that red stuff coralline or cyano?
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #5
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I have had the tank setup since mid aug I checked the levels today they were good except the total hardness was a little high
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I don't know what either of them are? I am new at this
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Old 10-25-2012, 07:58 PM   #7
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Corraline algae can be red or purple is and is hard and flat like paint. Cyano bacteria is often called red algae only its not algae its a bacteria and looks like a thick soft red webby film or slime.
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I think with what you have in there, they should have it cleaned up for you pretty fast. I would check your phosphates and your two N's for algae blooms. Possibly over feeding
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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Actually after looking a little more closely it does look like you have cyano. The green stuff doesnt look that bad but if you dont control the cyano, it can overrun your tank quickly. Youre water most likely has a good amount of phosphate in it. You can remove the cyano by siphon vacuuming it out or blowing it off or sucking it up with a coral feeder/turkey baster. Then you will need to bring the phosphate down by good clean water changes or phosphate removal media. Also make sure you are using clean RO/DI for top off water.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:37 PM   #10
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I heard green algae is bad to have is this true? Within the last 4 days this showed up on my live rock
Did you have that red on the rock already? Cause to me it looks like a start to some good coralline algae growth! But either way an easy fix!
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