Algae

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  1. Ethanjordanu

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    Hi guys sorry man all new to this but I got this algea growing on my live rock just checking if it's good or bad ?

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    its called cyanobacteria. (not a real algae.)
    Its almost always present in newly cycled tanks, & normally goes away after a couple weeks - months.
    Its caused by excessive decomposing organics & nutrients in the liverocks / water...
     
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    Ok thanks do I need to get rid of it thou
     
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    You can syphon it off when doing a waterchange, but it will keep coming back until your tank is fully cycled & all the organics reach equilibruim... Might be a couple weeks to month or 2...
     
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    You can speed up the process by getting some nitra-gaurd biocubes to remove your nitrates & phosphates!
     
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    Ok cool thanx for the info appreciate it :thumbup:
     
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    similar question but is it caused by nitrates or does it cause nitrates? my tank is about 3 months old and other paramaters are within normal
     
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    bump
     
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    your tank is still running in, kind of.
    Give it time, will go away on its own accord as tank matures.
    just do not rush to the shops buying all sorts of chemicals or doepas to chuck at your tank.
     
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    Cayanobacteria eats Nitrates and Phosphates. I have it as well at the moment, Im leaving it to run its coarse and do its job. If you have corals and the cayano gets out of hand it will eventually smother and kill them. It will even cover softies!!
     
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    Cyano is caused by available nutrients such as nitrate, phosphates and iron. It prefers growing in low flow areas. It will grow faster in warmer water than in cooler water. Higher alkalinity will discourage cyano growth.
     
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    good advise tx, ive decided to stop tinkering so much and let it settle a bit cause think i over did it a bit with enthusiasm and possibly excessive water changes that may have disturbed the balance of the tank and its micros, not to mention various chemicals.

    imho i think the smaller tank maybe magnafies problems so fluctuations are more prevelant...

    my obvious concern is toxicity but nitrate levels would have to be ridiculously high, according to what ive read, so as long as nitrites and ammonia are 0 i can leave it to its own devices and stick to weekly 10% water changes.
     
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    Thanx guys all the info helping me in my new venture
     
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