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DamselnDistress 11-14-2003 06:54 PM

crazy purple algae
I have this algae all over my substrate and some on the decorations. I don't think it's coraline. I don't have live rock I'm planning on ordering some this week. So what could it be? It's like a purple color.

e-cat 11-14-2003 06:57 PM

probably cyano bacteria, you dont want it in your tank.
there is chemicals that will kill it , but your better of finding out what is causeing the problem, i found out today that my fighting conch eats that stuff so you may want too look into them.

NaH2O 11-14-2003 08:22 PM

DamselnDistress, are you using RO/DI water? How long has your system been set-up and cycled? What types of inhabitants are currently in your tank?

Hara 11-14-2003 10:53 PM

it could be sponge

fishtender 11-15-2003 10:39 AM

It sounds to me like cyano. Can you post a picture? If it is cyano, it can be controlled without the use of chemical additives. It is usual;ly caused by using tap water to fill and do top-offs,(use RO\DI if posible) or overfeeding.


DamselnDistress 11-15-2003 04:39 PM

i did a water change and i'm gonna buy an ro/di unit. i think i've been leavin the lights on too long cuz i forget about them sometimes so i'm just gonna get a timer. If it starts comin back after i cleaned the gravel i'll post a pic.

DamselnDistress 11-16-2003 01:43 PM

its back

bizzybeas 11-16-2003 03:24 PM

Sure looks like cyano. I got it too when my skimmer broke. I still have not gotten rid of it. :x

bizzybeas 11-16-2003 03:25 PM

oooops! I forgot to mention that you can siphon it out with a turkey baster. I have to do it every day. So far it has not gotten worse, and it is slowly improving.

NaH2O 11-16-2003 06:10 PM

Another idea you may try is to increase the flow towards the substrate. Maybe angle a powerhead in the areas that it's growing. Sometimes this helps keep cyano at bay.

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