Help, brown algae on my live rock

Discussion in 'Algae' started by chrischick, Apr 13, 2004.

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  1. Gresham

    Gresham Great Blue Whale

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    Carbon could cause an algal bloom *IF* it was processed with phosphate (used in the process where they make it more porous I believe). Most reef grade carbons aren't but you can get ahold of it at your LFS if you buy cheap stuff.
     
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  3. chrischick

    chrischick Astrea Snail

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    I put aquaclear carbon in.....It really makes the tank unappealing and not as nice to look at though thats for sure...I hope mine doesnt last 5 1/2 months.... :eek: Ill loose it......it looks nasty....would I be alright to start adding a few hermits now...I was only going to add three....see if they clean up some of the stuff in there..
     
  4. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    Not to cast a downer here, but with a tank only a month old, I would slow down. 2 fish in one month can put a real stress on your biofiltration depending on your tank size. Traditionally you would add your cleaning crew before your fish and only after everything was stable for 8 to 10 weeks. Inverts don't tolerate nitrites very well so be sure that reading iz zero. A skimmer would aid your situation immensly.
     
  5. chrischick

    chrischick Astrea Snail

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    So I should buy a skimmer asap then eh....Still dont see how this will get algae off my rock but hey... :eek: ;D
     
  6. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    It will export nutrients that are feeding the algae.
     
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    hottielover14 Torch Coral

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    can old carbon cause algae. That hasn't been changed in a month and a half. should the brown algae last 5 1/2 months.
     
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  9. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    CC if you want to update your profile and put your tank specs/set-up in your signature it will greatly inhance our ability to trouble shoot and offer advice.
     
  10. chrischick

    chrischick Astrea Snail

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    Done........I just want it to go away...there is small blooms of red film on the glass and sand and rocks...and some bright green spots too... :-[
     
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    chrischick Astrea Snail

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    Update
    Brown algae is starting to subside...Not sure why....But it looks like its going away...Now a whole new barrell of fun....There is bright red and green blooms, blobs in circular patterns on the glass and substrate...also on my live rock....lime green...not a thick coating...but still there...I think Im in diar need of some cleaners eh.....Well, Just giving the update..also, this red algae has bubbles it looks like in some of it..weird.. :eek:
     
  12. Matt Rogers

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    Do you have an R.O. filter?
    Looking at skimmers yet?

    @gresham - good point on carbon, i had read that too now that I am thinking about it, but I don't buy the cheap stuff. I get some scientific grade stuff from an LFS. Black diamond is supposed to be pretty good main stream carbon for what it's worth.