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Old 05-03-2011, 01:57 PM   #1
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Brown algea problem

Ok my tank has been up and running for almost 2 months and I have brown algea everywhere on the LR, sand, very little on the glass. In a 20g tank tall. I used all LR no base rock about 20-30lbs. I was using tap water no I just ordered a ro/di 100gpd portable unit for $70 on eBay didn't get it yet will this fix my problem. And how long? And do I do a very large water change with ro water when I get the unit?
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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How much and how long do you have your light on??
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:01 PM   #3
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Right now I have a Coralife 2x65w fixture 1 10,000k and 1 50/50 10,000k blue. I barely have the lights on because if I leave it on, in a hr the whole tank is covered. How do I get it off the LR as well
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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They are power compact bulbs as well
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
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Ok i looked it up and I was way off haha. Heres a link with everything you should need. sorry for the late response.
Brown Algae - Causes and Cures for Brown Algae
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BTW Astraea Snails will eat brown algae. they will clean your LR
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #7
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[QUOTE="Clownfish767"]BTW Astraea Snails will eat brown algae. they will clean your LR[/QUOTEare turbo snails ok my LFS has them not Astraea snails. Aren't they from the same family
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Can I use turbo snails.
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Ok the link you posted is for freshwater it says to add a pleco. And my light is very good. Brown algea is diff from salt to fresh. I believe. My question is that I believe it's do to my tap water but I have a freshwater tank and a salt tank my freshwater tank don't have any algea in my fresh water and it's heavily planted and alot of light my saltwater does, and I'm at over 5watts per gallon on the salt so that is deff enough light. When I get the ro/di unit will this cure it. And how much of a water change do I do with the ro water.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:29 PM   #10
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I also beleve it's a diatom of some sort too I read. I just can't cure it.
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