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Old 08-19-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Best way to deal with green algae?


So a little background first. 120g DT, 29g sump, approx 115lbs of LR, protein skimmer, and a media reactor with carbon & GFO. The tank has been up and running almost 3 months and I thought the uglies had come & gone. All my levels are good except phosphates which have been at .25ppm...hence the addition of the media reactor about a week ago.

So I've had green algae covering my glass that won't go away. I can clean the glass 3x a day and it comes right back. I hate doing that much because of how it clouds up the water...should I leave it? I also had a small amount of hair algae but just on one piece of LR and my cleaning crew has pretty much takin' care of.

What is my best way to deal with it? Keep cleaning my glass 2-3x a day, maybe increase my WC's to twice a week till it goes away?

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Old 08-19-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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Try a UV sterilizer. Itll kil free floating algae, and bacteria. The down side to a sterilizee is that it can kill beneficial bacteria too.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #3
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How is the tank stocked, and what does your feeding regimen look like? What skimmer are you using, and how productive is it? What does the skinmate look like and how much are you generating? Does your tank get any direct sunlight? Do you have sand in your tank? Are you siphoning it clean during your water changes? What is your water change schedule like?
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #4
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Best way is find improvements to cleaning detritus out. A lot of times we miss hiding deposits. Increasing water changes can help if it's just remnant levels from startup. the uglies can still be around at 3 months also.

How large are your water changes now? Sounds like your doing them weekly which is good. Also have you been keeping up on sump cleaning? Mostly think your in fine shape just a matter of keeping up with cleaning and time.

The reactors might have boosted some bacteria growth and die off so it just might need a bit of time to stabilize.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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I have 8 fish in it, all quite small less then 1.5". Coralife skimmer (not the best choice I now know but it'll have to do for a while) it seems to skim ok, very dark nasty smelling stuff I do 10% WC once a week. What about vaccuming the substrate? My LFS guy...who I think really knows his stuff, said never to do it which being a FW guy for a while sounded wierd to me. My substrate is 80lbs of agranite crushed coral.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:30 PM   #6
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Substrate can collect uneaten food, fish poo, and LR excrement. I suggest you try vacuum siphoning your sand at every water change. You may not get the entire tank every time, but make sure you move through the whole tank over time.

LR can also collect detritus. You can blow this off with your powerheads, and let the dust be skimmed off into your sump and/or let it settle onto the sand for later vacuuming.

You might also be putting more nutrients in the system through food than you need to.

I strongly recommend you sit down with a cup of java and read these two threads.
* What is Detritus and where does it go?
* Reefkeeping made easy what was not explained
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:41 PM   #7
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I will do that, thanks!
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