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Old 09-01-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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Let Algae run its course during cycling?

On my 3rd week of cycling 80lbs LR, and 40lbs LS in my 90G tank. nh3/nh4 has finally dropped, and of course now my N02/N03 counts are elevated.

It looks like I am about to start a (red) algae bloom. I assume this is a result of the elevated nutrient content of the tank.

Seems silly to me to fight to lower my N02/N03 levels and also fight the algae bloom (which by its course should be depleting my N02/N03 levels...)?

I have zero inverts, zero fish - and am doing zero feeding so the supply of nutrients has been cut off. If I leave the tank alone will it eventually "use up" all the N02/N03 in the tank and die off on its own?

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Old 09-01-2004, 01:13 PM   #2
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It should die dwon on its own. You can put some flake food in the tank to create bacteria to help break it down. It will take time but patience is the key to a successful tank.
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Thanks. That's what I was hoping.

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Old 09-01-2004, 01:43 PM   #4
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Ya, the algae is normal towards the end of the cycling process. Congrats!

Just let it run it's course, it will clear up on it's own.

PS. Is the algae a rust color?
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Its red... Crimson, or Blood red. Some of my searches revealed a 'dreaded red algae' that I guess can be a real PITA if not controlled.
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My best bet would be that it is not red algae. It's probably just the normal stuff I got at the end of my cycle.

It took about 1 to 1 1/2 weeks to go away in my 75g. HTH!
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Fingers crossed.

Might post a pic tommorow if I can get one to turn out decent.
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Old 09-01-2004, 11:14 PM   #8
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Algae (pic added)

Here's a pic -

<Ackck - My apologies to the moderators for the double-pic post. I can't figure out how to remove the 2nd one.>
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Old 09-02-2004, 08:24 AM   #9
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Yes, let it run its course during cycle but be prepared to control it. Looks like you have cyano which is normal but still unwanted. Turbo snails and certain types of hermits (burgundy hermits I think) will eat this stuff but best way to control is RO/DI water. If you already use RO/DI water, check to see that it is removing the PO4 which algaes thrive on. I live in an area where the tap water is very high in PO4 and my 6-stage RO/DI does not remove all of the PO4. Right now I'm using a PO4 sponge to take up the slack but have ordered a 2nd DI membrane for my filter system to try to reduce PO4 completely. Why you ask? Still having red and diatom blooms in month 4.
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Adding flakes will make it worse.. other than elevated PO4, inadequate water flow will cause cyano to build up in certain areas too. Try moving around your powerheads or even add another one if needed.
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