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Old 01-08-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Green & red algae - zero phosphates and zero nitrates

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I have an algae problem. I have some, but not a lot, of red algae at various spots in my tank on the rock. I also have all over the back of the tank on the glass, as well as on the power heads and my canister filter in and outlet tubes a "furry" green algae, like carpet. It's only about an inch long at worst but there's a lot of it. It also breaks up easily with some a quick swish of the hand to invoke a bit of current.

I have recently added a brown tang in the hope that he'll help take control of it. The green algae doesn't seem to be on the rocks very much at all, but it is there just in a far lesser capacity.

My measurements are consistently as follows:

Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 0ppm
Phosphate - 0ppm
pH - 8.2
CA - 300-320ppm
KH - 7dKH

The salinity is 1.019 at the minute due to whitespot treatment but that has only been that way for around a fortnight. This problem with the algae has progressively gotten worse since my red faced blenny was killed by a mantis (don't worry, I've taken care of the mantis since) which was months ago.

I have a light period of 10 hours, consisting of 2x30watt white/day lights. I know I should have an actinic and will sort that out soon. The lack of an actinic has been for only around one month.

I feel either daily, or bi-daily either flake, nori on a clip or frozen mysis. It's fair to say that not a great deal of it goes wasted as I stand there slowly squirting small amounts in with a plastic suringe until they stop eating.

I have not measured silicates and so this is an unknown factor here.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I can post some pictures later on if that'd help too.
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Pictures would help. It sounds like you have cyanobacteria, but they sounds like hair algae a little later. How much flow do you have in the tank?
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Thats what it sounds like to me also. Here are some links with good suggestions on them.

Cyano
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=48

Hair algea
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=14

http://www.fantasyreef.com/showthread.php?t=478
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I'll post some pics when I get home. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't these need a source of food through phosphates? Mine are consistently at 0ppm.
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Nitrates also. They are being used up as soon as they are in the tank which is why you are showing 0 or your test kit is bad.
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Im haveing the same problem, I know my tank is overstocked, and my light cycle is a bit long (12 hours). But doing PWC every few days is helping a lot! I also got a nice RO/DI unit (Finally!) from ebay. It works wonders! Im constantly removing the Cyano by hand. What a pain that is! Its almost all gone now, so keep doing the PWC's! Good Luck
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Pictures would help. It sounds like you have cyanobacteria, but they sounds like hair algae a little later. How much flow do you have in the tank?
Ok, attached are some pictures to help identify the problem more thoroughly.
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Wow. Personally, I take out my equipment and clean it at least once a month. I clean the impellers, in the ph and intakes/out takes. I feel the cleaner the equipment is, the better it runs. I have also found it very diffucult to get a phosphate reading when cyano is present. I think it feeds off of it rather quickly, making a reading very hard.
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I feel either daily, or bi-daily either flake, nori on a clip or frozen mysis. It's fair to say that not a great deal of it goes wasted as I stand there slowly squirting small amounts in with a plastic suringe until they stop eating.
This is possibly a cause of excess nutrience. You can also reduce your lighting, to 6-8 hours.
I would do a PWC, clean equipment, reduce feeding and lighting, and see where that gets you.
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I'd cut back feeding to once or every other day too. Also, does your cleanup crew need updating? Didn't see many of'm in your pics.
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It looks more like dino then cyano to me.
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