Discussion in 'Algae' started by We$, Aug 25, 2010.
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What is this and what should be done?
Diatoms and Green Hair Algae
Check your water parameters first. Specifically, nitrates and phosphates.... odds are they are not zero.
Sometimes phosphates show zero but in actuality, the algae is just eating it.
How old is your tank?
Are you running a fuge?
Are you running GFO or EcoBak?
The tanks almost new maybe a week and a half old now, just what's listed in specs.
So you are just starting the cycle. Are you cycling with a dead shrimp?? I hope. or do you have fish in there??
Did you use conditioned tap water or RO/DI water to start out??
Cycling chemically with additives as well as with live rock. They're two fish in there as well. It's conditioned tap but the city water up here is actually very good.
Have you tested the water?
Both the city water and your tank water??
"Very good" is how I thought our water was, too.
....then I got a TDS meter, and saw 250 TDS.
I just got back from vacation 1 hour ago so i haven't got a chance to today yet.
Post back with your water parameters. Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrate, Phosphate, SG.
Diatoms and Algae only exist in tanks where there are nutrients for them to survive.... nutrients like nitrates and phosphates....
Odds are your tap water isn't as good as you think.... it never is.
I have the same stuff in my tank and there is a volley ball sized ball of cheato and a baseball sized one too in my 25g system. 18g dt + 10 refugium/sump. i feed every other day.
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