What kind of algae and how to battle it

Discussion in 'Algae' started by stevenh85, Dec 24, 2013.

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  1. stevenh85

    stevenh85 Plankton

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    Hello all I have had this algae in my tank for a little over a month now. I have tried the blackout approach and have tried red slime remover and chemi clean and nothing works. Tank is 60 gallon cube reef ready. I have radion lights gen 2 over the tank. I use rodi water for water changes and my filters are good. I also run a reef octopus skimmer and a Gfo reactor. I do weekly water changes and nothing seems to make this stuff go away. All of my water parameters are good and lights stay on about 8 hrs a day and I do not over feed. I'm about to take all the sand out and start out with new sand any other ideas before I pull my hair out.
     

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  3. Bruce PSL FL

    Bruce PSL FL Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    how long has the tank been running?
     
  4. stevenh85

    stevenh85 Plankton

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    the tank has been up and running about 3 months. the tank is new but everything in the tank was used from my previous tank when i upgraded.
     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Cyanobacteria I believe. If you have added any new equipment or egg crate then it could be a mixture of cyano and diatoms.

    I do not believe changing out your sand is the solution.

    What are you using for flow?

    You really should list your chemistry values, phos and nitrates included.

    Welcome to 3reef.
     
  6. stevenh85

    stevenh85 Plankton

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    i am using an mp10 and a magdrive 5 i think is the return
     
  7. N00ZE

    N00ZE Eyelash Blennie

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    Use some Poly Filter 4"x8". You have PO4 issues.
     
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  9. stevenh85

    stevenh85 Plankton

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    here is my test results.

    ph 8.2
    salt 1.022
    kh 8 or 143.2
    nitrate 0
    nitrite 0
    phosphate 0
    calcium 380
    ammonia 0.25
    temp 78.0
     
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  10. ClippersTown

    ClippersTown Fire Worm

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    your tank isn't cycled... or it's going through a mini cycle
     
  11. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !

    The tank is still very young. I believe this will pass as the silicates from the new tank are used up. It's not unusual to go through a Cyanobacteria bloom with new set ups.
    If you were to replace the sand you would end up in exactly the same place.