Urgent help needed Green Algae

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  1. Dre

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    Hi guys. I have decided to keep my tank and try put as much maintenance into it as I can. It has been very difficult with due to my work but I have a bit more time now. I have a lot of algae in the tank and would like to know what would be the best way to get rid of it. I clean the glass often but the problem I am having is with the algae on the live rock. Please help.
     
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    What vegetarian fish or inverts do you have?

    what do you use for filtration?

    Lights, T5? If T5 how old are the tubes.
     
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    The only vegetarian fish I have is a blue tang but it doesnt eat the algae. Only the flakes. I have the standard filtration in the boyu TL 550. I also have T5 lights and they are about 8 months old.
     
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    Any clean up crew??? Get some snails and herbivores
     
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    My snails keep dying. I found a big black worm but I took it out.
     
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    What clean up crew would you recommend? The algae is long. Will the snails eat it?
     
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    What livestock do you currently have and what is your water parameters. Inverts are sensitive , so if your snails keep dying the first thing i would look at is why are they dying. Start with telling us what you dose, water routine & water changes...ect
     
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    Water parameters as Zandy said.

    The problem is usually with Nitrate and phos, running any phos absorbers?

    how old is the tank?
     
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    I don't test my parameters but I am running phosguard elite.
     
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    Check this recent thread Hair algae help plz - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    Not testing the parameters ???:eek: Take your water to the nearest petshop that does marine's and ask them to test it for you, i suspect that this is your main problem...!!!! Post your parameters as soon as you know and we would be able to point you into the right direction. Also what livestock do you have, how long have you had the tank running and have you lost any other fish ect??? What is your salinity ?
     
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    You really need to start testing them, as Zandy said get them tested at LFS, but I'd recommend getting test kits.

    Do you have corals in the tank?
     
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    @Dre how about a pic of your problem.? also a list of your tank specs, size flow, filtration, inmates, feeding and maintenece done on the tank. This will help us gve you more detailed advice.
     
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    Also you can't be running Phosguard Elite (no such product that i am aware of) perhaps it's Chemipure Elite ????
     
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    Nitro, Phos

    Install Nitrate Reactor and Phosphate Reactor, Cut down on feeding (Especially Coral Foods), Put in Algae Eaters. Go in with a net and pull some of the rocks. JUST MAKE SURE THAT U CATCH ALL OF THE SMALL BITS TOO, or u will get algae everywhere. Fish and Inverts will not eat Hair alage if they are overwhelmed by it.

    Best of Luck
     
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    I had the same problem and bought a brown tang. It took him 3 weeks to destroy all the algae. The RO water TDS readings were high.
     
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    Did the tang eat the long algae?
     
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    None of my herbivores eat the long stuff. Attach a toothbrush to the end of a 10mm tune and brush it off while siphoning, this will export the nutrients while enforcing the water change regime you need to bring the nutrients down. This does not negate the filtration and feeding advice others have given.
     
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    water changes

    Fastest way im my opinion is water changes and obviously test your water otherwise you going blind and that never works. if your snails are dying there is probably something wrong in the water and also a dead snail will do some detious damage on the chemichal balance in your tank. if your tank is small try cut down on light a bit so the algue is not being fed daylight as much, also if your tank is near a window and getting actual sun light id either get blinds or move the tank

    all my opinion and experiance iv had with about 5 tanks

    hope that helps something at least
     
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