Ultimate Nuisance Algae Thread

Discussion in 'Algae' started by johnmaloney, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    with your tank at this point I would:

    do a water change
    scrub the tank
    how much light is the chaeto getting?
    cuc?


    tank specs? (picture?)
    You know you have nutrients but test nitrates anyway to see how high.
    how is the alk?
    how old is the tank?
    what are you feeding?
    what are you dosing? (if anything - don't want to tell you to get your alk up, if you are using a combination thing etc... Sorry for all these questions, but the insurance people....:) )
     
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  3. coral_freak

    coral_freak Astrea Snail

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    my tank looks bad...really bad. i lost my job and cant afford essentials now. i try to do what i can but algae of pretty much all sorts pop up. i have ever kind of rock and substrate algae. no bubbles or ones that look like plants i guess just the slimy crud.
     
  4. johnmaloney

    johnmaloney 3reef Sponsor

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    a toothbrush sounds like it will be your best friend.
     
  5. ezz1r

    ezz1r Feather Star

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    As a newbi TY for the info and especially the pics...Kudos
     
  6. gt40425hp

    gt40425hp Feather Duster

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    im starting to deal with the dino duldrums now but the cool part is its at the point where a turkey baster blows them off of everything and thay float to the top and i just use a net to scoop them out .. i think i need more flow .... im shure this is a newbe thing but dead bace rock needs to cycle or will it be fine in the dt if i add small amounts no more precycled stuff for this guy bubble algae,gha damnit im not going through that again
     
  7. gt40425hp

    gt40425hp Feather Duster

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    i think im going to put a pic of it up tomarro maybee ill get a a fiew replys saying its just a ditom phase .i changed a fiew things and it started its gotten better over the past week i changed my lighting from 132 watts to 440 vho setup a month ago .then all my lfs ran out of reef cristals that was 2 weeks ago so i had to get another brand whitch seemed to lead to major salt creep witch i never had them my nitrates grew to 20mg/l and i nefer had more than 12 before . if its dino it seems to be awful easy to get it to release from rocks and glass just looks like hell lol
     
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  9. TheSaltwaterGuy

    TheSaltwaterGuy Banned

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    Thanks man! Finally I actually think that I can get rid of my disgusting red hair algae
     
  10. johnmaloney

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    Thanks! glad it was helpful...it needs a major update though...


    that sounds like diatoms more than dinos, dinos are kimd of snot like and sticky. Nasty things....they have a medicine now that kills dinoflagellates, I am going to test it on some stuff here...

    dont put bubble algae in your tank, the rock is not likely worth it. Dry it out and then add it later.

    good luck to you saltwater guy, the red hair algae is a lot easier to beat then the red turf.
     
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  11. alpha_03

    alpha_03 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    I run with Caulerpa cupressoides var. lycopodium directly in my coral tank, it works very well, yes it grows fast but it's benefits far out weigh it's problems, it is very easily removed, and then placed in my main systems sump - I literally have over 10 pounds of this in my main systems sump and have 0 nitrates and very low phosphates- naturally, but just on the safe side- I still run a small GFO reactor.

    The reason I run it in my coral tank is simple- I want the look of a true reef system, and this algae's benefits- since I cant grow kelp, I grow this, I allow it to grow up the back of my tank. And it works quite well.
     
  12. gabbagabbawill

    gabbagabbawill Pajama Cardinal

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    How is this thread not a sticky? It's an excellent Algae ID thread... I can't believe I haven't seen it until now.