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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 90G tank which is now 11 months old. It is stocked with 2 x percula clowns, midas blenny, solon fairy wrasse, lubbocks fairy wrasse, royal gramma, and a firefish (plus various corals). Is hair algae always caused by phophate/nitrate levels? My current parameters are: Ammonia: 0...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    1. I have hair algae that I can't get rid of. 2. What's the red-ish stuff growing among the hair algae? 3. Why are my zoanthids growing these long white tubes? It's a 55 gallon tank. I change out 15 gallons once a week. Ammonia 0; Nitrate 0; Nitrate 0; Phosphate 0. It's been set up for about a...
  3. New Member Introductions
    Hi everyone, I have been in the hobby for about 15 years with the same tank running. It started life in a 20L with 20 pounds of live rock and 20 pounds of live sand with a 175 watt 20k pendant. I always had high stocks of zoo's, mushies, and LPS with a couple of fish. Three years ago I finally...
  4. Marine Depot
    VIDEO: Algae Control Part 1 How to Deal with Diatoms, Cyanobacteria and Green Hair Algae How to Control Phosphate in a Reef Tank Red Slime: How to Prevent and Remove Cyanobacteria
  5. General Reef Discussion
    My wife and I have a 120 gallon reef aquarium that is very healthy besides the hair algae which drives me crazy. Today after thinking about our water loop, I realized we have no actual filter; either canister or HOB. The cycle from the tank goes to either a HOB protein skimmer, rated for a 120...
  6. Marine Depot
    Hi Guys & Gals, We are working on a video about nuissance algae and how to prevent, identify and eliminate it. We would be super grateful if anyone in the community would be willing to share photos/video with us of any/all of the following: Diatom Bloom Hair Algae Bubble Algae Red Slime Turf...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    okay guys,so, my 15 gallon is having some serious hair algae problems! i just cant keep up with picking it off the rocks anymore :cry: i am using RO/DI water only, do a 25-30% water change once a week and the tank is out of the way of any direct sunlight i havent yet used any phosban or other...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Hello All, For several month now I have been battling this really persistent algae problem. We have tried everything from more frequent water changes to adding carbon in the sump, but nothing has been helping a lot. Just recently I have acquired a big cleanup crew, they are helping slightly but...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I have an algae problem that I need to understand better. Basics: 65gal tank, 5 months old. One sailfin blenny, one clown, one damsel, one firetail goby, two scarlet crabs, two peppermint shrimp, about ten to twelve assorted snails (hard to keep track). I also have a pom-pom coral and kenya...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys and girls, I have 2 questions I need answered. First, in the attached pics is this byropsis or just normal green hair algae? It's really thick and almost impossible to pull out. Second, I see a lot of pics of people with bare bottom tanks. I also have a bare bottom tank, but would...
  11. New Member Introductions
    Hi guys, I am fairly new to the saltwater fish tank world! I have had my tank up and running since Sept. of 2014 and I cannot seem to shake my brown algae problem. I do regular water changes, change my sock filter regularly and even use a poly filter pad....My tank specs are as follows: 65...
  12. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    New tank...I'll post my parameters in my tank. I'm not using my light at the moment since it is a fairly new tank and I don't want a total outbreak... What I am questioning is the general fuzziness. I do believe my levels in my tank are stable enough to sustain a small addition in livestock so...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I have had a hair algae problem ever since a small clam died and I didn't remove it in time before my cuc got to it. Hair algae sprouted everywhere and I don't know how to get rid of it. All the tips of the hair algae are brown though. I don't want to run GFO because I have 2 clams that are...
  14. Reefing Equipment
    HI I have decided to hook up one of my old HOB prizm skimmers to my 20 gallon reef since i'm having a battle against nitrates right now and the water changes are helping but I am hoping the skimmer will help even more. Im not sure what model it is but it is rated for up to 100 gallon aquariums...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Can anyone give me advice on how to get rid of this hair algae issue I am having with my tank. NI=0 NA=0 SG 1.025 Am=0 ph=8.2 PO= 0 I have added a few more snails to my clean up crew but they keep dieing ( I am thinking they fall of the rocks and then the crabs get them.) I have right now in...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    My 180g tank w/ 75 sump has been up over a year now. I have 2 mp40s and 4 powerheads in different locations, a CLS cycling water at the bottom of the tank, 3 ecotech LED's, and a kessil light on a reverse schedule in the sump over some live rock. Also run a phosphate reactor. I have an SWC 230...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Im wondering if anyone can give me some pointers on my setup. I have a 4 bulb 36" T5 fixture with 3 actinics and 1 daytime bulbs, along with 10 cool white and neutral white 3W LED's. Im not sure if the added LED's are overkill and doing more harm than good or whether i should keep the LED's and...
  18. "Soft" corals
    I have a 30 gallon reef tank with a mushroom coral and a candy cane coral and a long tentacle green anemone. My salinity is 1.023 and my ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels read perfectly at my water test (my nitrates read 0 on small test kit). My mushroom corals are doing lovely, I think. At...
  19. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    I was hoping someone could help. I have: 90 display with 2 radion gen 2, Reef octopus skimmer -for 150 gal. My sump was a 30 gal with the input area with the skimmer, refugium then return with pump and uv filter. I have a 7 filter 50gpd ro/di so im very pure water-000 with the tds meter. I...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    I have been fighting hair algae for about a month now. I have been doing 25% water changes twice a week and cleaning the sand very well. My protein skimmer continues to produce dark dark green, nearly black skimmate with plenty of "chunks" or bits of stuff in it. My nitrates test over 160 and...
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