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  1. Criggy

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    Cant seem to get rid of this red runny algae on my substrate all of a sudden- any advice?

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    Looks like cyano, po4 amd no3 readings? Whats the flow like? Any temp swings? If you swish your gravel is there sediment?
     
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    Nitrate low, phos undetectable, not much sediment in substrate. Running a RW15 for flow on max flow and 2500lph return pump.
     
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    Meant funny..not runny. Haha
     
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    Temp fluctuates by most about 0.6 deg
     
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    value of nitrate? when you say not much its still enough for cyano

    not bad at all


    if you brush it off how long before it grows back?
     
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    That's not cyano
    I've had it before. It only seemed to grow in my sump so id assume its light and flow related
     
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    I have quad 55w t5 lighting open to the water cos i modified an odyssey setup and the reflector and bulbs are open to he evap in a closed hood..potential issues?
     
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    According to Bob Fenner on WWM, it is cyano. or so the discussion thread says. would be excited if it's not
     
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    Red cottonwool algae. Nasty stuff...spreads like crazy and hard to kill.
     
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    Well any ideas on how to take it out??
     
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    Thanks @Lord_Blackadder, from a little bit of reading it appears that true mexican turbo snails will eat it.
     
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    Hmmm- thanks for that. All i could find is plenty water changes?
     
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    Mexocan turbo snails and some foxface eat it as well. Smothers everything if u let it get out of control
     
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    Its busy smothering a zoa colony. Strange that its only on the one side of the tank and also only on substrate. Im thinking of just removing substrate that its on..thoughts?
     
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    Our local Turbo coronatus also eat it, though that doesn't help much since you're in CT.
     
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    i hv a couple turbos in my tank but they dont seem to be interested in it? What herbivorous crab options are there? On that note i have minimal cuc as they slowly disappeared. Zero crabs now and about 2 turbos and another snail that eats everything- forgor name now...
     
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    So I went away for 2 weeks and what was initially a small problem has become a massive problem.
    I have replaced white T5 bulbs, altered flow in tank, gotten 2 mexican turbos and a diamond back goby and have increased water changes. Turbos eating the algae but not as fast as it is growing. I want to manually remove but every time i disturb it it lands up somewhere else in the tank :(
    Nitrates are very low and phos is undetectable-probably being taken up by this nuisance. Im running phosphat stop by ant and matrix in 2 reactors as well as biocubes. I have kh on a doser and manually dose calc and mg. Any help would be really appreciated - im losing this battle

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    Damn.
    Maybe try a foxface? What size tank is it?
     
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