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Old 01-17-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Is this red hair algae or carraline algae...

I took some pictures of my tank and was wondering if anyone can answer if this is a good algae or a bad algae thanks.....

60 gallon w/ 350 biowheeel and protein skimmer
260 watt t-5 lighting
1000gph blower(have 2-1300gph but I have fine sand which is blowing all over)
Ph 8.0-8.1
Alkalinity normal
Calcium 460
Nitrite .50
Nitrate 5.0-10
Ammonia 0
Tests all from aquarium pharmeceuticals

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Old 01-17-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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neither. looks like cyanobacteria to me. you have too many fish in there. excessive nutrients.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:03 PM   #3
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agree with X, too many fish, added the tangs arent suited for a smaller tank. you shouldnt have any nitrIte readings either.

its cyano
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How do I go about getting rid of it
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:10 PM   #5
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Fish aside, does the algae blow off the rocks and are you able to scarp it off the rocks. If you can it's crayno if not its\'s coralline of some sort. the stuff on lthe sand looks like cryano.
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:39 PM   #6
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It doesn't blow off rocks and I have not tried to scrape it off because I thought it was corraline I keep light on from 8am until 730pm is this excessive also I feed 2 cubes in am and 3 at night should I cut down on lights and feeding??... I am going to try to scrape it off tomorrow I really don't have much coral in tank but wanted to start adding some .... Is there something I can buy to stop the outbreak also can it kill the fish?
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these fish are doomed without the help of cyano. cyano is just one visible symptom of overstocking.
that tank is way too small for those tangs. they will eventually get stressed to the point their immune systems will lower and they will get ich or some other illness and then die.
it's definitely cyanobacteria. you don't have to worry about the actual red stuff. you have to worry about why it came.
i would return all but the scopus and the clownfish. and then do weekly 20% water changes vacuuming out what i can with each change.
i would be concerned putting that many tangs in a 120, which is double the size of your tank.
i know that's the last thing you want to hear, but....
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lighting should be down to 8hrs a day, and you say that many cubes? 5 cubes a day? thats pricey. cut down on feedings to every other day
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I eventually am going to get a bigger tank but in the meantime I spent so much money on the fish I would hate to get rid of
Them... Tomorrow I set timer for 5 hours worth of light and I was going to feed just 2 cubes at night ... I just get worried that if
The fish don't eat enough they will go
After each other... Will they be ok to feed every other day?.... And should I try scrubbing out and vacuuming out what I
Can?
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yes, it's ok for them to eat every other day or every 3rd day even. yes, vacuum out what you can with water changes. you can put some nori on a clip for the tangs. actually, you should be doing that. they get a lot of nutrition from the algae.
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