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Old 07-10-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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Purple stuff growing on sand this ok?


I wasn't sure if it was good or not cause It doesn't look like any of the algae that I had when the tank was going through its cycle, its the same color as the coraline that is growing but it looks like more of a slime/coat that is growing in one corner of my tank, I sucked it out once but it grows back in the same place. Should I really go at it and make sure I suck it 100% out or just leave it alone? All tank parameters are good.

Also I have noticed when looking at my sand from the side of my glass that even below the surface some of it has changed colors, I see some orange, green, purple. Weird stuff whats goin on here?
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:14 AM   #2
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I have it too and have been trying to get rid of it. It is red slime algae. Mine formed a skin on top of the sand bed which I just finished pulling off with my hand and a scoop. I am told it is caused by too much feeding and not enough flow. Now I am working on both of those. I think more flow will fix it all, because it will keep the food I put in the tank stay in the water column till the fish have had a chance to eat it all. Instead of falling to the sand bed.
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Old 07-10-2006, 09:20 AM   #3
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I had it too all over my DSB in my 135-gallon and I hated it, I was constantly blowing it off with my trusty turkey baster. It's red slime algae and I added 4 more Maxijet 1200 powerheads along the bottom of the tank, and it helped a bunch. I still have some of the algae but it's not nearly as bad as it was - good luck!

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Old 07-10-2006, 10:05 AM   #4
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welcome to cyano.

sounds like you have a nutrient export problem. getting rid of cyano takes a long time. getting more flow on the problem areas help, but it is better to let it grow than siphon it out during water changes. cyano grows where the nutrients are in the highest concetrations. have you been siphoning out detritus whenever you do water changes? if not you need to start. this includes under the LR structures. what happens is the phosphates build up in the hard to reach areas than wicks it way throught the LR and substrate. this is why it is important to make sure you are able to get to all parts of your substrate to siphon.

what kind of skimmer do you have? are you skimming wet? the skimmate should look like a light tea coloured liquid.

even doing all that i have suggested it still may take 3 months to clear it all up. do not cheat and try the cyano away cures. these tend to really foul up your bacterial populations, stressing critters and just making your problem worse.

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Old 07-10-2006, 06:14 PM   #5
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I do syphon out detritus during water changes and I get around the rock as much as possible but they do sit on the sand itself so I can't get under them, I have a coralife 65 skimmer and I pull out the tea colored stuff like you say, I have to empty it every other day.


One thing I was doing though was feeding everyday tyring to ease stress on a royal gramma that I bought that had some white spots, I thought it was ich. The gramma is doing good now so maybe I'll cut back to every other day feedings and see how it goes.


Why do you say to leave it in and not syphon it out though?
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Old 07-10-2006, 11:09 PM   #6
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sorry, my than should have been a then.

i meant it is a good idea to let it grow and get thick. that way when you siphon it up, you are removing large amount of it, with it comes the nutrients that are bound within them.

sorry, for the confusion.

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Old 10-03-2006, 07:10 AM   #7
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I now have this red sliime in my little 3 gallon eclipse that is my first salt water tank. The only thing in my tanlk is a ball of macro algae with feather duster worms, micro stars and a few other critters tha came in the chaeto ball. I also have live rock but the slime is worse on the ball. I am trying to remove it carefully and not hurt the feather dusters. Will this red slime smother and kill them? The rock is getting some of the good coraline algae too. I don't want to cook the rock as I know some of the little stars have moved into it. I only feed a few drops of food every couple days but I mostly want to know it will kill the feather dusters while I work on getting it under control?
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what do you do for nutrient export? are you siphoning out the detritusin the tank whenever you do water changes? how often do you clean the filter on the tank?

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