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Old 04-13-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Green Slime Algae/OverFeeding?


First Off. I dont know what I would do without you guys. I just recently became a member but have been viewing this site for months. I couldnt have made it this far without it.

Here goes: so the guy at my LFS told me i need to feed my reef tank with fishes twice a day everyday. He says its more natural and life like for the tanks inhabitants. So Ive been doing what he says for about 3 days. This morning I wake up and BOOM! What looks like red slime algae is everywhere, but its green. I tried red slime remover but it isnt working. Is this from overfeeding? Why would this guy tell me to do this? I was feeding on MWF only. PLEASE HELP WHAT SHOULD I DO????
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:24 PM   #2
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How big is your tank? How much light? How much flow? How much do you feed each fish? Are you watching your levels? What sort of filtration do you have going on?

Lots of questions before anyone can accurately diagnose the problem.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:49 PM   #3
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If you feed more than once a day your livestock should be able to eat all the food you feed in under 1-2 mintues.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:58 PM   #4
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125g, lots of flow, 2 ecoray1200's,78 degree water temp, parameters are inline except for phosphate a tad high, fish and corals get fed cyclopeeze, planktons, nori, mysis shrimp
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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Should I just go back to feeding MWF? The tank seemed to be happier on that schedule.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:03 PM   #6
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try feeding less on a daily basis before you start skipping days.
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:06 PM   #7
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Will do, should I skip a couple of days now though to starve this algae? I just added two filter socks to see if this helps. One chemi-pure elite, and one dr. g's activated carbon.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:25 PM   #8
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skim a little wet for a couple days and feed your fish more slowly. Often times in this hobby I see people feed appropriate amounts TOO quickly. For instance, feeding 20 pellets all at once. If you do this, 10 of these will end up somewhere other than a fish belly, and that;s going to pollute the water column as the food rots.

another thing to consider is how much cyclo peeze you are using. You really only need a tiny sliver of this stuff. if you've noticed it's a little hard to target feed as it's so small, so again, a lot of the extra is going to just blow around the tank. In 5 minutes you wont see any, but it doesnt mean it was all consumed. I'm not saying you are doing this, but it's something to be mindful of.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:34 PM   #9
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the prob I see a lot of times is people under feeding or just feeding enough, to help with nutrients. as long as all the uneaten food is removed within an hour or so of feeding, and the fish poo is also removed shortly after is processed it will help more then anything, along with wet skimming.

I feed my tank 1 TBS of blender mush everyday, and have extremely low nutrients in my system, in fact so low I killed 3 of my soft corals

so its not so much how much you feed, its how much is removed after the fact

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do you siphon after feedings nate bro?
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:41 PM   #11
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I usually just feed a mixture of cyclopeeze, microdiet, and zooplankton mixed with seawater. I have about 35 hard corals, two tangs, two wrasses, basslet, damsel, dragonet, and a foxface. Is this a good diet for my tank?
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:44 PM   #12
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do you siphon after feedings nate bro?
What do you mean? I have a reef octopus protein skimmer that runs 24/7. If my fish dont eat the leftovers I assume one of the corals, snails, crabs, or serpent star will eat the rest. Or my skimmer. Is this wrong?
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:21 PM   #13
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they wont eat every single piece which is the problem, even if they eat 75% of what you put in there is still 25% that will find its way into the shadows and rot. i feed mine a little bit every morning and they are all good, and if you feed them pellets like GotReef said, feed them slowly so they dont rot as well because they usually have high phosphate levels.

and take what your LFS says with a grain of salt, a very small one at that. he is trying to make a buck no matter how good he seems, and TRT (or any other forum) members dont have a monetary interest in you, we just want to see your tank thrive
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #14
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do you siphon after feedings nate bro?
Yes

I have a little settling place that I can get to very easy, and it takes about 1 hour for the stuff the settle there, and then just suck it up, as for all the very small stuff, my overflow goes directly to the skimmer, so the small junk is skimmed out in about 30-40min and the bigger stuff is just waiting for be in "the spot". all and all from time of feeding and cloudy water the crystal clear is about 1 hour & 15-30min, I have a good skimmer too

I'll have to post before, during and after feeding pictures, very nice. also my algae is dieing off like crazzy, and no more cyano at all as of this week, after about an 8 month battle with it!
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:51 AM   #15
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cianobacteria doesn`t harm fish or corals it just doesn`t look nice . keep phosphates and nitrates close to 0 and low nutrients and it disappears in 2 weeks. trying to kill it chemically is a big mistake it will do more damage than good to the system .
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