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Old 09-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Want to get rid of Algae

So I have a 45 gallon tank with 2 powerheads that are sync'd at a moderate speed, and 2 T5 lights (on for 8 hours). I have 2 clownfish, 1 coral beauty angelfish, 1 clown goby, 15 red legged hermit crabs, 2 emerald hermit crabs and 3 large snails. I do not have any coral but want to get some in the next few months.

I have the red algae that is on top of a few rocks. When blown on my turkey baster is pulls right off the rock. It is slimy and It is not on any of the sand bed... I also have the green hairy algae as well.

I hate looking at the algae as it doesn't look like the really clean tank that my local LFS has which I'm jealous of and want.
I want to get rid of my algae and would like to know the best way and if it's getting more algae eaters I'd like to know how many to get... The local LFS keeps telling me different quantities and kinds... Any suggestions?

So here are my chemical levels: Salinity 1.025 (using a refractometer), PH 8.0 (which is normal for my tank), Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0, Copper 0, Calcium 480 mg/L, Carbonate Hardness 179ppm or 10dkH, Phosphate 0.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Are you using ro/di water
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You betcha it is. And water temperature is 79... The heater doesn't run much at all anymore. Every 2 weeks the water gets a 15-20% change. The RO can't do anymore than that at a time. I am looking to get a bigger RO around Christmas time to do more of a water change. And the tank is about 6 months old.
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What about skimming how are you doing that
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I have a reef octopus BH1000 protein skimmer. And I have an aquaclear biological filter
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:31 AM   #6
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How big is the tank and how old are your lights?
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45 gallon tank and lights are 5 months old.
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:40 AM   #8
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What you have looks to be cyanobacteria which as you stated, is ugly and slimy.

Have you checked phosphates? If you don't have a kit, adding a phosphate remover won't hurt. I'd also consider adding a water circulating pump (Aqueon, Korallia, and Marineland all make them). The stuff doesn't like water movement.

You're doing well to pull it out with partial water changes. Don't just scrub it off because it will just settle and grow somewhere else.
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It sounds like you have cyano which comes from excess nutrients in the water a couple things you can do is make sure your protein skimmer is skimming wet try to increase the flow and if possible increase your number of water changes try at least once a week if your ro unit would allow you
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I have 2 VorTech power heads at either end of my tank. I'll increase the water flow and see if that helps. Is there anything that will eat it? None of the crabs or snails will get anywhere near it.

And my Phosphate level is 0 so I can't do anything about that. I have perfect water so there shouldn't be any reason to have algae and it's frustrating.

What about the green hairy algae? Any ideas?
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