red algae

Discussion in 'Algae' started by buffingtonbetta, May 11, 2014.

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  1. buffingtonbetta

    buffingtonbetta Plankton

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    I have red algae taken over how can I stop it
     
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  3. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Welcome to 3Reef!

    Have you identified it? If not, a pic would help. There are several species of red algae, and one type may require a different course of action from another.

    Some info about your tank may also help, such as size, age, stocking list, filtration, lighting type and schedule, maintenance schedule, and parameters.
     
  4. Billme

    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    Welcome betta. You've come to the right place for answers. The first thing is to identify is if it is Cyanobacteria. A pic would help. Have you had your water tested? One thing to consider is that cyano is very efficient at absorbing nitrates and phosphates. You can have very low readings on nutrients and cyano will do just fine since the nutrients are trapped within the cyano. I've managed to control it by being aggressive with lowering feeding, water changes, vacuuming up the cyano, and reducing the amount of light.