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dvr16
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PostPosted: 2004.02.01(Sun)17:01    Post subject: green algae Reply with quote

OK I have this algae growing in my tank it started about two days ago and has spread quite quickly. its a gree colored algae olmost looks like a little fern with strands about an inch to two inches long. does anyone know what this is or how I can get ridd of it. thanks
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Agent Smith
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PostPosted: 2004.02.01(Sun)21:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

how old is the tank? most tanks go through several algae blooms which can be considered "normal". still, what are water perameter (in perticular nitrAte and phosphate but also pH, SG, and alkalinity), lighting, fish load, and equipment?
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PostPosted: 2004.02.02(Mon)2:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

dose it have a definate stalk that has fern like leafs coming out of it cause you could be describing a species of calurpa. calurpa are marine algaes which can be benifitial if you have them because they absorb ammonia and some other stuff. they of course they grow like mad in what they call good conditions. try searching on the web for calurpa(not sure if its the right spelling sorry) and take a look at a couple pics. hope that helps you.
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PostPosted: 2004.02.02(Mon)6:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmm Hair algae. If this is what you have and it probably is.....Welcome to reefkeepin Very Happy

Only real way to keep hair aglae under control is strict nitrate, phosphate, and silicate control. The less the better.

What type of water are you using?

The only way to really get rid of current algae is to pull the rock out and scrub it or get some algae eaters(snails, crabs, tangs..etc.)
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PostPosted: 2004.02.03(Tue)12:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is hair algae. I took the rock out yesterday and cleaned it all of and put it back in a day later the whole tank was foggy with like a green tint to the water.

umm specs
190 watts light
250 gph powerhead
aquaclear 500 fliter
50 lbs live rock
sg is 1.024-25
all the elements are good in the water
no clue aboute phosphates or slicates
nitrates are 0
and I'm using regular tap water

please help if you can
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PostPosted: 2004.02.03(Tue)16:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your regular tap water contains a high amount of phosphate and silicate. That combined with high wattage lights will result in green algae. The best solution is to get some RO/Di water. Either from your local fish store or buy a water filter. I noticed a huge differance in green algae growth when I switched.
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PostPosted: 2004.02.05(Thu)12:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I got the algae on the rock in check now but now I have another problem. I did a water change and cleaned off the hair algae from the rocks and what not and a day later the whole tank is cloudy. could this be from the water also and if so would something like a phosphate sponge do a good job.
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PostPosted: 2004.02.10(Tue)21:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much of a water change did you do.
Have you tested your water also maby try a little carbon to see if it helps clear up.
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