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Old 06-26-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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Tanks gone bonkers

Hello again. My sisters and stepdaugher have been taking care of my tank for the past 2 months, while I've been in and out of the hospital. Well they only fed the fish and didn't do any water changes. so I've got several things I need help on. First I have multiple colored algaes in my tank. I have a maroon algae, a bright green algae, a black algae, and a type of algae that is a dark color and has bubbles. What do I do?
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Without a pic, I would guess cyano and dinos......caused by excessive nutrients. Do you use RO/DI water?
I suggest siphoning out as much as you can while doing some 20% pwc's every few days. Running some gfo to remove phosphates and silicates would probably help alot too.
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I agree, PWCs will get you back in shape in no time.
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I agree with siphoning out as much as possible while doing PWC`s. Read this as it has a good plan.

FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"
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Sounds like corraline algea , and unwanted algea mixed , is it hard or soft and slimmy?
Are the fish in any disstress?
What size tank is this and do you have a skimmer and powerheads?
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Sounds like corraline algea , and unwanted algea mixed , is it hard or soft and slimmy?
Are the fish in any disstress?
What size tank is this and do you have a skimmer and powerheads?
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Heres my specs
Tank Marineland Flat back Hex 18 gal 24" L x 12" W x16" T

Lighting/Hood Marineland 60hz 50wt\TT Floresent

Filters Whisper 10-30i with biofilter
Biopro SK-40 airdriven Protein Skimmer (they removed
at one point but now running)
Live sand 20 lbs
appx 2 lbs live rock (had ten but they thought it was dead
and disposed of alot of it)

Heater UL 100 watt

Powerhead Zoomed power sweep 30 gal wt prefilter (rotating)
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Ok these are the best pics I can get. I've checked the water prams and temp.

Temp is 85
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5.0
PH 8.4

The CBS and damsel seem to be doing fine. Is there any thing that I can get to help keep the algae down.
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The algae is soft but hard to remove. The bubbles I already removed and it was slimy. I like the red algae so if its safe I'll keep it.
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The algae is soft but had to remove. The bubbles I already removed and it was slimy. I like the red algae so if its safe I'll keep it.
It`s not that unsafe but it will over run your tank and have it looking unsightly. Just read that article I gave you. It has a great and proven battle plan on algea.
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Ok I've scrubbed the algae off. Now The only invert I have is a cbs any sugestions on what kind of cleaning crew I need?
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