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Old 08-06-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Identify algae??

This algae is thick and red on the sand bed with long green hairs. Also if anyone could help point me in the right direction to get rid of it. Thanks
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:14 PM   #3
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Perhaps cyan? And the green strings maybe green hair algae?
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:06 AM   #4
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Yeah looks like Cyanobacteria! New tank?? Improve the flow over that area with power heads either by adding more of them or just adjusting what you have to avoid dead spots in the water (areas of reduced or no flow). See if this makes much difference, monitor water perimeters and keep up regular pwc's as normal. If it is like I suspect and it's a new tank its parr for the course and should be gone in a week or so if you follow the above advice.
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Thanks, the tank is relatively new... 3 -4 months. I only have one powerhead, it's strong though,maybe add a smaller one to the opposite side of the tank??? The algae is definitely worse just below the powerhead.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:56 AM   #6
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Thanks, the tank is relatively new... 3 -4 months. I only have one powerhead, it's strong though,maybe add a smaller one to the opposite side of the tank??? The algae is definitely worse just below the powerhead.
How big is your tank? What does your whole setup consist of - equipment and stock. I would say that the more flow you have the better and make best use of anything you have in the tank ie skimmer outlet / filter outlet or even the glass to deflect water movement. Also general algae problems are often helped by the addition of a uv steriliser.
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Also what are the water parameters? The added movement will
Not prevent cyano, just stop it from settling on the gravel. Make sure levels are good!
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a UV sterilizer will not help with algae problems, unless they are in the water column. it will definitely not help in this case. An excessive nutrient issue causes cyanobacteria. water changes with good source water (R.O.D.I.) while siphoning out the cyano with each change and cutting back on feeding is the best defense.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:56 PM   #9
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I have 4 ca 48" lights, I have been running 9 hrs a day, I cut them off for today though.
1400 koralia powerhead
Aquaclear 110 hob
Octopus bh1000 skimmer
Only have 1 pseudochromis. No other fish.
And some hermits and variety of snails.
Use only rodi wafer from lfs

The problem is that I have been struggling w algae for abot 3 months. Started with diatoms now the red slime and green hair.
I'm suspecting it's either too much light exposure.... or some of the dwarf cerith snails may be dead causing a nitrate issue, even though no nitrates are detected when I test for them. I read that the algae can consume nitrates so the test can be misleading.
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Definitely sounds like the light may not be helping, you could cut it down to around 4 hrs. As for the LFS RO / DI water, would maybe question it's quality. You may be feeding too much aswel. I've had lots of success with 3 times a week feeds and four hours a day light on a large reef. I would not disagree with Mr X, he is very knowledgable but I would have a UV unit. Opinions vary but the science stays the same.
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