GHA going Brown

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  1. Skumbuza

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    Hey guys,
    Well ive had a neverending battle with GHA.
    I'm currently running GFO through my system,
    TDS reading 0 on top up water....
    About a month ago i removed all my rocks and gave them a good scrub, followed with a constant dosing of NOPOX.
    Once my NOPOX ran out, Ive been using what GFO I have left.
    MY phosphates currently have a reading of 0.04ppm.
    The GHA that has sprung up in full force after my cleanup is now starting to go BROWN.
    Please tell me that this is a sign of it starting to die off....
     
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    Could you post a pic? Interested to see what it looks like..
     
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    Don't wanna hi-jack your post i got the same problem and scrubbing all the time i am now increasing my magnesium slightly to remove this algae.
     
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    hey dude... not hi-jacking at all ! Nice to get some feedback...
    is the green hairy algae turning brown a sign of it starving out ?
    does magnesium help with removing this type of pest algae ?
     
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    My secret was raising my Mg, ran my lights for around 6 hours a day, added a good phosphate remover and used double the recomended amount. I also feed less at a time, done a little less water changes percentage wise amd also stopped dosing any bacteria and added a good amiunt of activated carbon. Within 3 weeks I had no GHA. My GHA also turned a little brown the last few days.
     
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    The last few days being... before it died off ?
     
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    Yes, then it was all gone in 3 days maybe 4 max...
     
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    ok sweet.. well then GHA going brown must be signs of it starving out !!!!
    Cant wait to see what the next couple days will bring ! Thanks for your input Jason !
     
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    Plesure dude. What do you feed your fish everyday?
     
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    i feed them marine pellets.. then ever second night, they share some mysis & brine shrimp when i feed my brain and anemone.
     
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    sometimes 3rd night
     
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    Ok yes, thats not to much feeding. I feed twice a day, flakes and frozen, not together but I mix around with what I first feed for the day amd my problem is I over feed but trying to get that under controle hahaha. I have a very small patch of GHA thats not growing, bought the frag with GHA on it for my Lawnmower Blennie as an extra food source as they are very hard to get feeding on prepared foods. Im running LNS and I dont get any algae growth, im actually surprised seeing that I over feed so much at once. Over feeding is a big issue woth most algae blooms
     
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    Oh and im also using Prodibio, the full range. Some said its because of that product my GHA went away amd some say that can boost your GHA again as its a bacteria source for the tank and everything benefit from that. Best is trail and error, every aystem is different so there needs will be different also.

    Is that the only patch of GHA in your system? Also how long do you run your lights?
     
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    Sorry for late reply yes slowly going brown was like 2 inches long and run anti phos in my reactor and dose vodka daily. It will come right
     
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    Guys thanks so much for all your inputs..... Pretty much what ive taken from all this....Gonna start doing some research on hydrogen peroxide... seems it's done wonders for quite a number of people...
    Any pro's & cons to anyone that's used it ?
     
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    Anyone know if dosing hydrogen peroxide will kill my cleaner shrimps ?
     
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    Cleaner and fire shrimps are very sensitive to it.
     
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    @Skumbuza

    The peroxide had no affect on the rest of my tank but I would suggest doing target treatment first and see if that helps.

    Get the 12% solution (40 Volume) peroxide, throw it in a spray bottle and fill with RO then remove a piece of LR and spray them one by one.
     
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