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Old 08-13-2012, 07:58 AM   #1
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Fast Algae growth? Why??


I have this green algae growing on my glass, good water params, newer tank >3 mths old. This is several hours after I cleaned the glass. I have turned lights back to 5 hours per day.

Any thoughts, tips or advice?

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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There is so many things that causes algae, I would post all your params, RO/DI system? Your getting nutrients from somewhere... Your tank is still going through many changes but I've never had algae grow that fast ever in my tanks. So list everything!
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:07 AM   #3
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Well firstly params good tells us nothing really... Number speak volumes... And secondly. Water params aren't good if you have that much algae growing... Your tank being 3 months old is going through the uglies and its normal to have many and multiple algae blooms for at least the first year its set up.. continue cleaning the glass, doing WCs and keep up on maintenace and it will eventually recede...
What are you using for water? That's gonna be a good starting point to address first... 0 tds water from a good RODI unit will give you a good base and is important for a reef tank.. what are you using for equipment? A briefing of the tank specs al be helpful too
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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I am using RO water from a local water store. I don't have my own system.

29 G Tank
0 - Nitrates
0 Nitrites
PH 8.0
Calcium 460
Hardness 7.0 (dosing 5ml of SeaChem Reef Carbonite per week)
Temp 78

3 Blue Green Chromis, 1 Emerald Crab, 2 Peppermint Shrimp, 1 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Brittle Star.

20lbs of dry rock, 10 lbs of live rock.

using AquaticLife mini protein skimmer and 2 power heads.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:21 AM   #5
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I set my tank up in May, so it's 3 months old as well and I have been battling hair algae for about a month in my biocube 29. I have recently purchased purigen "ultimate filtration" to see if that will help. If you don't have one you might want to buy a turbo snail, they do a great job eating the algae. I think my problem may be too much natural sunlight? I say this because everything else seems okay. I'll be back to see what others say. I'm sure I'll learn from this posting too.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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I would tend to disagree, if you test for phosphates and there through the roof that is one influence on algae. So that would be a water peram. High nitrates can help feed algae... That's also a water peram. On the other hand excess lighting on a new tank, I don't go above 4 hours the first 3 months.

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:49 AM   #7
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Well id stop dosing anything at this point... A 3month old tank doesn't need dosing... You are likely just feuling it.. a lot of those suppliments have added things in them that would certainly cause a bloom... What is your maintenace scedule? How often? And I would definately invest in a RODI unit... Plain RO is prolly full of unwanted TDS.. could be phosphates, silicates and any number of bad stuff that will feed algae.. I used RO water from my LFS to for months before finding out he doesn't treat with DI and his water had. 40+ tds.. not good in a reef tank... Taking control of your own water will be my first recommendation... That way you can test it beforehand and be sure that you aren't adding unnecessary fuel for the algae to the tank...
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:11 AM   #8
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what is your filtration? how much flow do you have in the tank?

it looks like you are in the uglies. not much to do but wait it out, make sure you are not adding any unknown phosphates to the system (through water changes) and keep up siphoning of the detritus. make sure to clean any filter media on a daily basis. filter sponges, filter socks.

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Old 08-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #9
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Everyone nailed it so far but I would only like to add that:

This Green powdery Algae is typical in newly set up tanks, Heck I had it. Mine was so nasty that it actually changed the color of my rocks to this bright ugly green. But.....

As long as your filtration system, Maintenance and water source is on target then this will eventually go away guaranteed and their will be no signs of it.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:47 AM   #10
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filtration system? don't have one. on advice of this forum and LFS, I'm doing LR and protein skimmer only with powerheads. Water movement is good, 2 powerheads (one in each back corner, pointed towards middle.

maintenance schedule is daily glass cleaning
top up water 2x a week, 3G water change once a week.
Feeding 1 cube of frozen shrimp per day. (This looks like a lot of food, I'm sure it's not all getting eaten, should I reduce the amount of food?)
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:48 AM   #11
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water from local water supply store has >10 tds.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:07 PM   #12
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your skimmer is your filtration...since its a new tank this is just the uglies...keep up the husbandry, WC's, etc and everything will work out, I'm new and just went through all of this in my tank...a turbo snail will help with the algae, but honestly they also add to the bioload thus increasing nutrients which causes the algae to grow..

also get a turkey baster to blow detritus off the live rock and bottom to get it suspended in the water column for the skimmer to pull out...that really helps

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Old 08-13-2012, 06:39 PM   #13
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10 tds isnt good. I would go with distilled water until you get your own ro/di unit. Or you can check a local lfs for ro/di water with 0tds.
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