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Old 06-05-2004, 07:54 AM   #1
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Do I have an Algae Problem?

Since I put on my orbit 2x96w, I was told I would grow some life in my aquarium... But what i see are breown stuff that are multiplying like crazy, they're all over the place, I think I have enough clean up crew but I'm not sure if having this brown stuff all over my rocks and this morning on the back wall of my tank is good? I read about diatoms and haven't read anything good about them, then again, every fishstore i've been to has brown algae in their tanks... is this a problem? or is this good for my algae eaters (coz now they have stuff to pick on)... Is there any good algae I'm supposed to have in my tank?

65 Gal Marine
60lbs of LS and 100lbs of LR
EHEIM 2215 Canister Filter, AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer w preskim box, 36" PFO Lights with 2x 250W 10K MH and 2x96W T3 Actinics, JBJ Arctica Chiller 1/10 hp w/ Eheim 1250 Pump, Turbo-Twist 3x UV Sterilizer 9W, (1) Yellow Tang
(1)Potter's Angel, (2) Skunk Cleaner Shrimps,(1) Eibli's Angel, (26) Turbo Snails,(10) Nassarius Snails, (2) Sand sifting starfish
(1) Regal "hippo" Tang, (20) Hermit Crabs, (1) Coral Beauty, (1) Pygmy Angel, (1) Serpent Star, (1) Brittle Star, Pumping Xenia, Finger Leather, Yellow Polyps, Green Star Polyps, Colt Leather, Mushrooms, (2) Maxijet 600 PH and (2) Maxijet 1200 PH
Am I Overstocked Yet?
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Old 06-05-2004, 12:34 PM   #2
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Good algae is primarily coralline. Other types of film and macro algaes are good if you want them there

With diatoms, the main source that feeds it is silicates. Typically introduced through impure water use (tap) or simpley from being a new tank. In any event, once the fuel source is elimintaed, the algae will soon crash on it's own. Best solution is to use RO water. After a few weeks and some water changes, you should see some positive results.

I would also suggest bolstering the algae snail population. Trochus, cerith, nerite, margarita and even some more turbo's. The nassarius you have are not really going to benefit for algae. They are best for detritus control. I would also watch the two stars. They will quickly deplete the life within the sandbed. Sand stars are very efficient hunters and not really recommended.

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