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Old 09-07-2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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brown stringy algae help!!


hi all... over the last couple of days my tank had developed some seriously awful brown slimy-stringy algae issues.. it's ALL over.. and has little air bubbles all through it.. it looks like ugly brown spaghetti.. I have done two 10% water changes in the last 4 days but it's still getting worse.. I did have two corals get killed by a peppermint shrimp, which I tried to let them revive, but pulled them after I knew they weren't going to make it.. that was last week... could this be whip-lash from that? Perhaps the DSB released it's phosphates? it's only 2 months old.. anyways.. my amon, nitri, and nitra are ZERO, so I am thinking it has to be phosphates.. I pulled and rinsed my phosgard... I have more of that in the mail.. should be here tomorrow.. the stuff I am running is 2 months old.. maybe it's just time to change it? I am running the lights less and will keep doing water changes.. do I just need to ride this out or is there something else I can do?
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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I think it's part of the cycle your tank is still fairly young
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:20 PM   #3
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The tank is only two months old????? If so it's just part of the natural new tank cycle and it'll pass with dilligent husbandry.


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Old 09-07-2006, 09:42 PM   #4
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Had the same kinda stuff at about the same time. It's probably brown algae or diatoms. Suction out as much as you can, that will help more than anything else. It is fed by the silicates in the water, sand, etc. Use ro/di if possible.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:46 PM   #5
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should pass. You have phosguard in the phosban reactor?
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:55 PM   #6
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if it is brown than it is prolly diatomic. if it is red or maroon than it is cyano. both will prolly go away in a couple of weeks.

2 months is still young for a tank.

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Old 09-07-2006, 10:33 PM   #7
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Yeah normal part of a new tank. Time should take care of it but siphoning it during wc will help.
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:41 PM   #8
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if your lights are on more then 6 hours of day the diatoms would spread more try 4 hours a day you should start to see it slow down
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:23 PM   #9
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if your lights are on more then 6 hours of day the diatoms would spread more try 4 hours a day you should start to see it slow down
I'm not sure how well corals would do with a photoperiod of only 4-6 hours
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:26 AM   #10
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wow - thanks for all the great responses! it's been quite a day... 12 hours of work, then come home to a new computer I was building, got the last part of it today, then had a voltage reg pop on the mobo with the first power on attempt... 4 hours of careful mounting of waterblocks and heat sinks went down the drain.. I was pretty bummed about that.. not to mention the oh-so fun RMA process.

Now onto my next problem.. the tank.. so it's just part of the cycle? ok. It was just so sudden.. everything looked so nice also.. waa!! Anyways, the algae is brown for sure.. not red; I know that stuff.. it's slimy and stringy and it's flying in the current hanging off of /everything/.. and tons of air bubbles all over.. I am going to try taking the lights down to 7 hours a day... I have one bit of SPS coral which is pretty happy.. so it'll need some light.. anyways..

I will try and suck as much off the rocks as I can Sat morning.. I don't think I will have time to do a WC until then.. again, thanks so much for all the responses. You all are great!!
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:51 PM   #11
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Oh - and BTW, I am mixing my own water with a Kent HI-S RO and I added a Coralife DI system to the end of it.. so it's RO/DI... I don't have a phosphate reactor.. but I think I should get one.. they're cheap and seem to work well.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:30 PM   #12
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ok - last bump I promise. I got my TDS meter today and my RO/DI water reads 0.00! the tap reads 111 so i think it's working.. that's pretty good for tap, eh? anyways.. going to do some major syphoning tomorrow.. that stuff is getting really thick in some areas.. yikes!
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:43 PM   #13
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Mystery Guess


Hi,

Can some please tell me what these furr balls are?
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hopper- those are tunicates.

tiburon- could you post a pic of the algae? if in fact it is diatom than it will quickly go away when the sponges start growing. sponges are primarily made up of silicates. they lock of the silicates that diatoms need to grow.

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Old 09-08-2006, 08:59 PM   #15
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ok - here you go:




it's all over! yuck!
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