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Old 06-04-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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Will removing sand bed reduce algae growth?

I have been having problems with algae formations in two tanks, one 125 gallons, and one 60 gallons in size. I have green hairy algae in the 125 gallon and red, probably diatom, in the 60 gallon tank.

I have tried extensive RODI water changes, phosphate media bags, re-cleaning sand bottom, with no long term luck. The growth will just continue within two weeks after a thorough cleaning.

Someone told me from the LFS that if I remove my sand bed, in total, it will prevent the phosphates, silicates, other impurities from building up in the tanks. He claims this is the better way to keep up a salt water tank, that is, no sand bed.

Just wanted to get thoughts from others on this. As I never heard this concept, and dont want to try it before Im sure it is the right thing to do.

Thanks in advance.


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No, Leave the sand bed there. It`s not causing the algea. Read this to see what is.

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Mike is correct (isn't he always:p). Keep the sand, fight the alage.
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I agree.
What, how much and how often are you feeding?
What type of food?
How long do you run your lights?
How old are your bulbs?
What are you water parameters?
Do you have a filter ot anything else that has foam sponges in them?
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algae, algae growth, growth, sand, sand bed

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