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Old 12-26-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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Hi I'm new to saltwater tanks and I seem to have to much algae in my tank what's the best way to stop it. And what's the best thing to put in my media reactor ? Also my sand has started turning red is this normal ?

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Algae is a result in nutrients in the water column. The best way to manage such is to ensure you are using to/di water, are feeding sparingly, and doing weekly water changes.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for that is it normal for the sand to go red ? Or am I doing something wrong lol
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Cyanobacteria. A sign of nutrients in the water column, just like the algae.
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Will the media reactor help that ? If so what's the best thing to but in it thanks for your help
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Old 12-28-2016, 02:24 PM   #6
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big water changes will help reduce nutrients fueling the algae and cayno
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What is your water source? How much are you feeding and what?
Water changes are the best solution, and if dire then you can run media to help you between water changes, but if the cause isn't looked at things won't get better.
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I get my water from my local aquatic center and I'm feeding 2x a day frozen in the morning an flake at night only a pinch so it's all gone with in a minute
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Old 12-28-2016, 02:56 PM   #9
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It Had a big water change 2weeks ago when I set it up I took 500lts of the fellas water who I got the tank off then 800lts from the shop
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What kind of fish are in the tank? That seems like a lot of food
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Large fox face small trigger,threadfin butterfly 7 damsels an a large wrasse
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Was just going off what the fella I got it off said he was feeding
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Well that is a ton of food. What goes in must come out. If it isn't, nature will take care of it. That results in algae and cyano that you are seeing.
The wrasse and most likely the butterfly will need daily feeding, but not that many times a day. I would cut back to feeding once a day.
Adding a protein skimmer to the system will be of benefit to remove the wastes before they enter the nitrate cycle.
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Iv got a big protein skimmer in the sump pal ill try cutting back on the feeds an give it a 500 ltr water change on Saturday an see how it goes thanks again pal
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If it helps put things into comparison, I feed my tank frozen food every couple of days.
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My tank is 6ftx2.5ft x3ft
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Move your powerheads down some on the wall. This will bring flow to the bottom of the tank. Low flow is where cyano will grow.
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