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Old 12-24-2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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Cant stop it...

I got this tank complete set up fish and all. I set it up, everything was good for about a month and I had 70 lbs of LR covered in "grass". My clowns loved it, I hated it. I've tried algae killer, destroyer,you name it. Now about twice a month I am manually cleaning my rocks. 12 days has pasted since last cleaning and the red cyanobacteria is starting to cover everything, algae is coming soon. PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Old 12-24-2015, 09:23 AM   #2
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:32 PM   #3
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What is your Nitrate and Phosphate reading?
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:42 PM   #4
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This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but let the cyanobacteria come in and cover the hair algae. This will take a little while and your tank will look absolutely terrible. Eventually the cyanobacteria will cover the hair algae and kill it by starving it of the light. It may take a few weeks of just leaving the tank to look worse than it ever has. Then siphon out the cyanobacteria and dead hair algae and treat the tank with ChemiClean to kill the cyanobacteria. Obviously before you can say your tank is cured, you have to make sure you removed whatever caused the algae bloom to begin with.

I had a 30 gallon reef and I had the wrong lighting in the sump so the chaeto died and released all the nutrients in the water. I had hair algae covering everything. I eventually had cyano come in and when I had pretty much thrown the towel in, I just let the cyano take over. Then I got sick of it and decided to give it one last try. When I siphoned out the cyano I realized it had killed all the hair algae and then when I used Chemiclean the cyano was done. I don't know if I got lucky, but if you've tried everything else it might be worth a shot. Best of luck!

EDIT: Looking at your picture, your hair algae problem is minor compared to what mine was, so you might be able to still salvage the tank by just doing water changes with ro/di water. You should make a batch of salt water and test the new water before doing the water change to make sure that isn't contributing nitrates or phosphates to your tank.
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:04 PM   #5
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This is going to sound absolutely crazy, but let the cyanobacteria come in and cover the hair algae. This will take a little while and your tank will look absolutely terrible. Eventually the cyanobacteria will cover the hair algae and kill it by starving it of the light. It may take a few weeks of just leaving the tank to look worse than it ever has. Then siphon out the cyanobacteria and dead hair algae and treat the tank with ChemiClean to kill the cyanobacteria. Obviously before you can say your tank is cured, you have to make sure you removed whatever caused the algae bloom to begin with.

I had a 30 gallon reef and I had the wrong lighting in the sump so the chaeto died and released all the nutrients in the water. I had hair algae covering everything. I eventually had cyano come in and when I had pretty much thrown the towel in, I just let the cyano take over. Then I got sick of it and decided to give it one last try. When I siphoned out the cyano I realized it had killed all the hair algae and then when I used Chemiclean the cyano was done. I don't know if I got lucky, but if you've tried everything else it might be worth a shot. Best of luck!

EDIT: Looking at your picture, your hair algae problem is minor compared to what mine was, so you might be able to still salvage the tank by just doing water changes with ro/di water. You should make a batch of salt water and test the new water before doing the water change to make sure that isn't contributing nitrates or phosphates to your tank.
I have let it get to looking like an underwater jungle. It seems the red comes first then the hair. Ill see if I still have the pic from before the last clesning

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Old 12-24-2015, 05:06 PM   #6
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I have a full SW test kit, no phosphate test though. O do also have dip strips. Is carbonate hardness phosphate? I've only been doing this for a few months.

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Old 12-24-2015, 06:24 PM   #8
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What is your Nitrate and Phosphate reading?
Nitrates are 0, don't have a phosphate test, will get one tomorrow

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I wouldn't even bother using a phosphate test. You're gonna get a false reading with all that algae. Is their any stock in the tank? How olds the sand? Did you use the previous owners old sand bed? Tap or rodi water?


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2 clowns
1 chocolate star
Few snails and hermit crabs
1 peppermint shrimp (somewhere)
Used the original sand, believe it's a year old

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