Discussion in 'Algae' started by bderos, Feb 18, 2007.
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I have red algae popping up all over my live rock. Does this my nitrates are out of wack?
yes probably nitrates check your water flow , or could be too much light
My lights are on for 10 hours a day. Is the only way to lower the nitrates is by doing water changes? If so, should I change the water weekly? My tank is 48'' x 10". I think I have enough flow. I have a return at one coner and a power head at the other end of the tank.
sometimes if water flo isnt getting around underneath live rock detrius build up can happen . causing nirates and yes constant small water changes also can lower them as well
hope this helps
Thanks for the advice. Can high nitrates be harmful to coarls or the fish?
how big is you tank in gal ?? yes nitrates can kill
My nitrates are at 20. My tank is 65 gallons. My phosphates are a little high too.
what sort of water are you using tap or R/O? how do you prepare your salt mix . airstone , dechlorinator , heater etc?? test ph , and salinity make sure your new water is the same temp as the tank to minimise stress on the critters .
to get nitrates down to least 10 you can do a couple of water changes ie one every 2 - 3 days , dont do too much at once as youll stress out your livestock and death could come .
you could use some nitrate sponge to get them down more as well ..or a denitrifing coil (a diy version is in 3reef articles ) check it out .
I use this stuff called stress zyme ,dont know if many people use it here but i have used for a couple of years with no baddness ..
now the phosphate you can buy this stuff called phos sponge (similar to the nitrate sponge.. i swear by it ) anyways... you get one ladies stocking must be new put the sponge media inside it then put in your fuge or water flow for a week or 2 . it should bring down the levels .
the key to keeping nitrates and phosphates down is all in the way you prepare your top up water / and weekly change!!?
hope this helps
thanks mattgeezer. i use RO water and prepare my own salt water. never really had a problem until i started feeding my kole tang daily with a block of formula two food for algae feeders. im kinda of thinking this might be my problem but im not sure what to do about keeping my kole tang healthy, fat and happy.
thats it watch the food .. dont overfeed . i use mysis shrimp(brine shrimp) and the water that they freeze with can contain nitrates and phosphates !!!
ive heard romaine lettuce is good for tangs !!!??
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