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Old 04-01-2014, 03:01 PM   #1
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hi all i'm new here but I have a problem with black mold. Can anyone tell me how I got this when I have a uv light in my new tank??????? thank you
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Hello and welcome to AA!, can you post a picture ?
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thank you for the reply. I will try two pics of two rocks. A little mor info I just scrubed all the plants I could with bleach and proxiode I have a bad back so i'm done for the day but I will boil all the rocks and gravel tommor in bleach.But I don't understand how this happened when I have a 370gph outside filter with a 9watt uv light for a 50 gal tank??????? thank you
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Hi Lilben,

Ok well I am not an expert on UV sterilizers but I will try to help you out here. From my understanding UV sterilizers do not eliminate - cyanobacteria (blue green algae), diatoms (brown algae), dinoflagellates (brown slime algae) or chlorophyta (green/hair algae) and that appears (to me) to be cyanobacteria. What is your tank setup, fish, how often do you feed, and how long do you leave lights on?
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Sorry meant to say that they do not prevent or eliminate those types of algae.
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here goes tank is a 50gal,filter is a sun 3 stage canister 370gph,two 200watt heaters, fish 4 mid size angles,2 small pecatumes?? 2 mid size blue grommies 2 small humphead tetras 4 small albino cats 4 mid size tiger barbs and 4 small blackskirt tetras. also 8 neon tetras I've had at least 8 different size tanks in Califorina and never had anything like this until I came to Arkansas the only thing I can think of is the two white rocks that I sent pics of the only other rocks are four lava and one fake wood branch I feed two times a day of flake food and maybe three times a week I take one flake feeding away and feed brine shrimp or worms. Thanks again for your help
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Ok I would recommend going to aqadvisor.com and double check but I think you are overstocked, which would lead to higher bioload. I would recommend upping your partial water changes/vacuuming substrate and if you aren't doing so already I would reduce lighting to 6 hours a day or try a black out for a couple of days and I would also recommend reducing the amount of food given.
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thank you I will try doing all you posted.
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