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Old 07-26-2007, 09:12 PM   #1
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red algae.... need help

I just got back from vaca & found a bunch of red algae all over my rocks... it looks really nasty, and has bubbles all over on top of it... i need help on how to get rid of it...pls help.. ty
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:29 PM   #2
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Sounds like Cyanobacteria, which blooms when high concentrations of organic nutrients are uncontrolled. Water changes (can be siphoned off surfaces), increased flow/oxygenation, mechanical/chemical filtration, and macroalgaes can help recess the nutrient load.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:35 PM   #3
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so put the oxygen pump and PWC?... is there any chemicals i should get to prevent this in the future after this problem and to fix it right now?
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:39 PM   #4
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No need for an oxygen pump, but rather added water flow/oxygenation through powerheads if available. If not, water changes will curb the problem in time. I would only use filter socks, pads/floss, carbon, and/or purigen as most chemicals treat the symptom and not the root.
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so i just need to get more powerhads and it'll go away.. or do i have to actually get it out of the tank?
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Cyanobacteria blooms when your nutrient load is high. Water changes is your best alternative; however, added water flow can help aid in slowing its progression. It most likely will not go away over night.
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ok.. I'll mix up about 5 gal of SW today and put it in tommorow... yea I just got rid of my powerheads and im now using the one somebody gave me because my old ones needed 220v of power and so I went from about 600gph to 225... I put in the oxygen pump... hope it helps at least a lil....
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If you dumped a huge load of food in your tank before you left on vacation, you found your source of nutrients for the cyano. You're going to have to manually suck it out and do water changes to get your nutrient levels down. And most likely it'll be back really quick. Just keep on it and you'll shake it.
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