I've been in the endless battle and have yet to win. My setup is about a year old. Here's the specs:
fuge with sand,lr
, and calupra (40 watts 50/50 lighting)
I have 4 powerheads 2 on each side alternating at 15 min inervals per side
I have a rio 2600 providing return from the sump at about 3ft head giving approx 300 gal
for return. Return nozzle is a 360 deg rotating nozzle
480 watts of CFL
1/2 10k and 1/2 Atinic atinic on for 12hrs 10k on for 8hrs
100 lbs LR
and 2in SB
8 soft corals
2 hard corals
3 green chromis
1 gold striped maroon
1 lawn mower blenny<-----added 2 days ago
approx 100 small nassurius snails
1 Coral banded shrimp
2 brittle stars
7 hermits in the sump
Thats the battle ground and troops. Now for the tactics
The tank has been plagued with brown algae and red slime for 6 months now. I had been using tap for a majority of the time until mid Dec. Santa brought me a Maxima Hi-S RO
unit. I did a 50% water change with RO
water. I've been removing as much algae as I can, but it still seems to grow. It seems to be impossible to get all the algae out at once, but I get as much as I see. I feed once every other day. I ensure that all food is consumed. My nitrates are below 10. po4
/silicate aren't a factor now that I use the RO
water. I bought some erythromican, and plan on using it to help rid the existing red slime. I'm not sure if this should be the next step. I'm also using oceanic salt if that helps. Any ideas would be great.
My thoughts as solutions thus far are:
#1. Kill off the red slime with the antibiotic and see if it stays away.
#2. Cut back lighting.
#3. Change my rio 2600 to the 2800 s.s which I have, but is loud and annoying
#4. Sell the tank because this is gettin to darn old.
Thanks for reading this and for any help you can give.