Algae Bloom

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by Easy Tiger, 8 May 2009.

  1. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Day Dreamer Deluxe

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    211
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    West Rand
    Hi All - For about the last 30 days every kind of algae you can think of has mass produced and covered just about everything. I had added a new piece of LR and I assumed spores had imported on it. Today 90% of it seems to have come off the rock/glass/substrate and is floating in clumps around the tank. While I am watching chunks continue to break off and float, and most of it has small air bubbles attached to it. Is this the normal end of a bloom cycle or is something else going on?
    Parameters are :
    Ammonia : 0
    Nitrite : 0
    Nitrate : 20
    SG: 1.022
    PH : 8.2
    Temp : 26c

    The fish seem lethargic and some are gasping. There is also some foam in the sump which is a new thing from yesterday.

    Any advice on whats going on?
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Jaak

    Jaak

    Joined:
    2 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    2,421
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Dude, what's your phosphate reading?
     
  4. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Thread Starter Day Dreamer Deluxe

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    211
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    West Rand
    I've not been testing for phosphate ...
     
  5. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!
    Got pics????
     
  6. Jaak

    Jaak

    Joined:
    2 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    2,421
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Algea can stem from high phosphates but we also need pics and a better description of the actual algea.
     
  7. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Thread Starter Day Dreamer Deluxe

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    211
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    West Rand
    I'll try to get some pics asap ... camera is not charged ! typical!

    Should I add oxygen to the water via an airstone? Don't like the way they are gasping...
     
  8. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Thread Starter Day Dreamer Deluxe

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    211
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    West Rand
    OK the algae most affected is a brown short haired type, very dense growing like a carpet on rock and glass, and a light green type that grows in small tufts on rock only-Not very long haired either of them. ( sorry, not up to speed on algae names ). Small leafy type green stuff seems unaffected, as well as small green bubble type also seems unaffected.

    Reading this sounds stupid - sorry , I know pics would help a LOT.

    I am removing it with a net and have removed the foam from the sump.

    I'm not sentimental about the algae dying off - just concerned that fish may soon follow!
     
  9. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Thread Starter Day Dreamer Deluxe

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    211
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    West Rand
    OK I hope this is clear on this image. On the left, bottom you can see the algae growth as it was yesterday - dense. All the bare rock you can see was covered with algae yesterday and is algae free today. It continues to break off and float

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Jaak

    Jaak

    Joined:
    2 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    2,421
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Dude that looks like Cyano. Cyano is mainly caused due to a lack of flow in your tank. Please also get a phosphate test kit and test it because it sounds like you've also got green hair algea. Green hair algea will definitely grow because of leaching phosphates. When you filled up your tank originally did you use any tap water?
     
  11. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Thread Starter Day Dreamer Deluxe

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    211
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    West Rand
    So cyano die off is a good thing then ? i.e water quality is not suited to it's growth any longer? Growth seemed to explode after the most recent addition of LR, but it may just be coincidence. The green hairy stuff is in the minority - but yeah, lets keep it that way right?

    I'll get a phosphate kit today. Tank was filled originally with RO water - no untreated tap water, and all top ups/changes have been with RO. The tank was originally set up in December, so it's around 5 months old.

    But I guess what I need to know is dying algae = good ? Thanks for your advice !
     
  12. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    24,229
    Likes Received:
    127
    Location:
    Point Waterfront Durban
    Keep an eye on your nitrates aswell bud, it is on the high side. Keep up with water changes and run P04 remover.
     
  13. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    11 May 2008
    Posts:
    2,795
    Likes Received:
    56
    Location:
    JHB
    Easy Tiger....

    Can you post some more pics about your tank, give us the specs etc, not only of the DT but the sump as well.... i see in one of your other posts you were looking for a seed for your DSB (if i recall correctly)... please post some pics of that.

    what is your current flow parameters in the DT?
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Algae Bloom Forum Date
Algae bloom in established tanks Nuisance Algae 10 May 2016
Comp: Algae Bloom - many many years ago Competitions 5 Nov 2014
New Tank - Cycle Period & Algae Bloom New Members 8 Dec 2011
How do I get my nutrients up without getting an algae bloom? Beginner Discussions 27 Aug 2011
Urgent help needed algae bloom Urgent Help Needed 10 Jan 2011
Now THIS is an algae bloom... Nuisance Algae 9 Oct 2010
Influence of temp on algae bloom Nuisance Algae 15 Sep 2007