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  1. DarkSurferZA

    DarkSurferZA

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    Are you experiencing any problems in your tank?
    Yes
    Brief Description
    Brown algae outbreak
    Tank size
    RSM 250
    System Volume
    250
    How long has your tank been running?
    2 weeks
    What livestock do you have?
    really small snails (hitch hikers)
    2 star fish (not sure of type, but they eat algae and are decently sized)
    loads of other hitch hikers and small stars
    Water Parameters
    pH 8.2
    Ammonia between 0 and 0.02 (as per stick on ammonia indicator stuck to tank colour moves between white 0 and yellow < 0.02) and sub 0.2 as per RSM testing kit, but not enough detail to show exact levels.
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate just over 5
    salinity 1.024 SG
    temp 29 C
    What lighting is over the tank?
    standard t5's on RSM
    Pumps and equipment
    standard RSM 250
    Maintenance
    dosing a product called stability (really getting water params in check), 2 water change, filters every 2-3 days
    Other info and photo's.
    Hi All,

    brown algae problems. wanted to add snails, cause the problem is getting out of hand.

    sand and rocks looking bleak. did use a product to promote coralline algae growth and that pushed pH to around 8.4 - 8.5. temps also quite high (29-30).
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    how old is the system? seems like a diatom outbreak wich is consistent with a newly set up tank, try reducing lighting and dureation to minimal if no coral is in the system.

    your system is basically trying to find a balance.

    ammonia should be 0 at all times and i see you have not read phosphate?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    for a 2 week old tank its normal, what live rock did you use?
     
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    Does it have bubbles under the algae? Diatoms then. Be patient, two weeks is barley enough time in a eon. You will go through so many stages in yours tanks LC. It took me 2 months for a cyano outbreak to disapear in my cube.
     
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    DarkSurferZA Thread Starter

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    Hi guys, thanks for the responses.

    Yip, bubbles on algae, but they are disappearing.

    Don't know what type of LR, but they have lots of life on em. Mix and match I guess.

    I got some of the rock from a fellow masa member, he had a power outage and i decided to take the lot before they died (6 hours of no power i think). Didn't want to risk losing the corals (some Xenia and ZOA's)

    Had tons of hitch hikers, and they appear to be outnumbered in the fight on algae.

    I found a snail donor who willing to loan me one of his. Think it is worth the chance? Going to do another water change tomorrow.
     
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    DarkSurferZA Thread Starter

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    Just so heart breaking. Everything is brown. Dark rocks = brown. Coralline rocks = brown. Substrate = brown. White rocks = irreversibly brown... :(
     
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    Please upload some pictures.
     
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    DarkSurferZA Thread Starter

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    The front rock in the last pic came with its own algae.
     
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    LCornelius Moderator

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    Your tank is still new and this is part of the cycle.

    Use stability as directions on bottle.

    How much flow do you have in the tank?

    You could remove some of the rock and place it in a container with some tank water.
    Then use a brush to remove the red and brown algae. You will need to throw the water away, so do this when you are doing a water change.

    Reduce your light cycle and remember this takes time.
     
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    DarkSurferZA Thread Starter

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    Flow is moderately high in most places except the caves, and above rocks which are below the sump gate.

    Cool, thanks for the tip. Will do that. Any tips for substrate? Or just wait?
     
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    LCornelius Moderator

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    You can syphon the algae from the sand bed during a water change.
    It will however come back while your tank is in the cycle.

    Stability is a great product.
    I use special blend, in my opinion one of the best bacteria products on the market.
     
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    DarkSurferZA Thread Starter

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    Thanks man
     
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