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Old 06-14-2015, 11:14 PM   #1
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Algae Issues

Hi all! I just did a huge tank overhaul about four days ago on my 29G reef and replaced the sand and removed a bucket of hair algae and scrubbed down my rock as well as doing about a 50% water change. It was good for the first three days or so but the algae is coming back. I need advice!

This is the tank right after the clean up.



This is the tank currently:



There's bubbles on the rock that come and go.


It's growing on my corals inhibiting their growth.




It's kind of stringy.


So here is what I am doing:

I've mixed fresh salt water to do another water change on the tank tomorrow and am going to do another in another few days. I've also been running my blues for 10 hours and my whites for 8.

I've ordered:
- Reef Octopus Classic 100 Hang-on-the-Back Protein Skimmer
- 2x Jebao WP10 Wave Maker Pumps with Controllers and a TC-4A Twin Dual Controller
- BRS Mini Reactor and GFO and Carbon

I'm hoping these will help keep my tank in better shape but what my real question is - what else should I be doing?

I am at my boyfriends right now but as soon as I get home in about half an hour I will post the water parameters.

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Old 06-15-2015, 01:08 AM   #2
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Okay here they are:

pH: 7.5-8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: <5ppm
Calcium: 425 ppm
Alkalinity: 11.2 dKH
Magnesium: 1360 ppm
Phosphate: 0.04 ppm

Another thought I'm thinking is that because the tank is "kinda" by a window. I have one behind me where I'm sitting right now as well. This is what I mean:



The algae did also start from the left side of my tank. Im going to invest in thicker curtains (my cat has ripped holes through the blinds I currently have anyway and they let in a lot of light)


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Old 06-15-2015, 02:18 AM   #3
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Ok, so heres the deal. My tank get Arizona morning sun, for a few hours in the morning, direct sun, at 100 degrees in the summer. I don't see that stuff.
You have your numbers inline now, but what were they before this big outbreak?
You need to keep the GFO running in there, or get a Lanthanum- liquid phosphate remover, your number is good at the moment. Keep it there.
With the advent of buying a skimmer and running GFO, your all set.
To keep it at bay, run a complete black out for 3 days, this will kill it off again. Get your stuff on there as soon as you get it.
Then, see what happens.
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Ok, so heres the deal. My tank get Arizona morning sun, for a few hours in the morning, direct sun, at 100 degrees in the summer. I don't see that stuff.
You have your numbers inline now, but what were they before this big outbreak?
You need to keep the GFO running in there, or get a Lanthanum- liquid phosphate remover, your number is good at the moment. Keep it there.
With the advent of buying a skimmer and running GFO, your all set.
To keep it at bay, run a complete black out for 3 days, this will kill it off again. Get your stuff on there as soon as you get it.
Then, see what happens.

Good point. They were probably pretty out of whack beforehand. I'm afraid to do a blackout right now because some of the corals are still recovering from the algae attack and I feel like if I did that I might just lose them completely. I do have a blanket around my tank right now to only keep in the light coming from my LEDs. I'll stick with shorter lighting periods until my stuff comes in. The skimmer should arrive tomorrow and the powerheads and gfo a few days later. Hopefully it helps.

Though I also have no idea how to set up the skimmer so it's off to YouTube I go lol.


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Old 06-15-2015, 12:53 PM   #5
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Yea, you should be able to YouTube your Skimmer, and have a bunch of vids pop up. Give a shout if you can't figure out something. Im sure theres a bunch that will be able to help out. Skimmers are pretty easy to set up.
You could give your corals time to recover some, then black out the tank, your choice. Or wait and see what happens with the skimmer and GFO on the system. That will really help, that much I can tell you.
You can be able to beef up your CUC, ones that would eat the HA, Turbo Snails, Banded Trochus, Astraea Snails, Margarita Snails.
I don't advise hermits, because they are scavengers, and when they are hungry they are apt to eat anything in the tank, including your corals.
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Any ideas as to what kind of algae looks like? I'm kind of concerned it may be something that I'm going to have a hard time getting rid of.


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Welp, the color is off, so hard to tell. Stuff in the sand bed, if its red, its cyano.
The other stuff, kinda looks as if you have DINOS going on.
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Nothing red, no cyano. That's just the lights making it look red.

I know that I had crazy hair algae going on for a while.

The bubbles and stringyness just kinda got me worried about Dino's.

Just want to get a positive ID so I can find out how to get rid of them..


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Here are some more pictures:









Will all that equipment help fight this algae if it is Dino's? What else should I be doing to get rid of Dino's?


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No, the new equipment will not help fight Dinos. Kind sucks you went from killing off Hair Algae to fighting a bad case of Dinos now.
How I beat dinoflagellates, and the lessons I learned — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog
Problem Dinoflagellates and pH by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
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