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Old 09-08-2009, 01:58 PM   #1
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Detritus/Red Algae

I have a 140 gallon FOWLR with an Actinic blue and 10000K flourescent light. Currently I have about 100 lbs of live rock a mixture of sand and coral substrate, a damsel, clownfish, hippo tang, shrimp and feather dusters. I have been getting excessive detritus (brownish/reddish dust on top of my substrate, if thats what it is) and red/brownish algae on my glass. I have a Koralia 4 pointed toward the bottom, AquaC remora w/ rio 1400 PS, Marineland C-350 canister and Emperor 400 pushing the system. It has been up and running for about 3 years now and it I have to clean the sand just about every day and scrape the glass. How can I cut down on the build up. Does my lighting need to be changed or possibly old tank syndrome? Thanks.
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Any type algea has to be fed. What are your water test results esp. nitrates and phosphates?
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Nitrites 0, Nitrates 20, Ammonia 0, PH 8.0-8.2, I have never tested for phosphates. If I have high phosphates, how do I remove them?
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A simple PWC will knock them down. If you don't have a RO/DI unit, get one. If you feed frozen food, rinse it in RO/DI and cut back on feeding. Could be cyano or diatoms by the description, that's just what came to mind after the description.
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I agree with thom. Frequent PWC`s will help out. Are you using tap water? How often are you feeding?
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I use tap water but use amquel to eliminate any harmful toxins. I feed them once a day in the morning.
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I use tap water but use amquel to eliminate any harmful toxins. I feed them once a day in the morning.
Not good enough. There are phosphates, silicates, nitrates and other things that feed nuisance algeas that are in tap water that those products do nothing about. IMO at least RO and preferably a RO/DI unit is needed. I have a link on tap water at home I`ll post tonite.
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I see you are using a canister filter. I am finding out that my canister filter is the cause of my nitrates and I am sure my phosphates as well. I am an algae farmer now with a nice assortment of algae, if it is a nuisances algae I have dealt with it or dealing with it now. My tank is a nano so I am going to set up a HOB as a fuge soon and hoping that will fix it.
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