Hair algea out of control

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  1. nico.m.ferreira

    nico.m.ferreira

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    Good day.
    I am looking for urgent help to cambat my hair algea outbreak.
    I have about 4 large hermids that helps a bit but I need a more efective but safe solution.
    I will post some pict as soon as I have a off day again.
    Hope to hear some good advice soon.
    Regards Nico
     
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    Nico - PLEASE read my comments I posted last in my tank's thread - in response to your question!
     
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    nico pics will help so please post asap but jaque had a simular battle on the go not so long ago, all i can say is its a combination of things that need to be controlled and scrutinised like: top up water RO instrad of tap or rain water and feeding routines and quantities not to mention consistent and proportionate waterchanges with a good synthetic salt mix or NSW from a trusted water collection point (not right next to a sewage outlet if you catch my drift)

    but pics will help.
     
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    there are many other factors to consider i have just listed a few that popped into my head.
     
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    we need pics
     
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    Not just pictures but
    1, how old is the tank
    2, what kind of lighting
    3, inhabitants
    4, equipment
    to better help you this are the thing most people will ask of you.
     
  8. nico.m.ferreira

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    Good day.
    I have some pics showing the algea.
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    The tank is about 5 month old but I bought it second hand (that explains the scratches) so it is fully matured.
    I have a reef octopus scimmer model otp-1000 Rated at 1000L per hour along with Via Aqua 2200lph.
    The lights are t5, 4 tubes in a row 54watt
     
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    OK, now please answer all the other questions... Please realise that without a clear idea of your setup, water parameters and maintenance regime we cannot help you.

    Hennie
     
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    Eyna!!! reminds me of my tank a couple of months ago.
     
  11. nico.m.ferreira

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    A pic of my filter system
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    The water goe throug a 5 stage reverse osmosis filter before I use the water in the tank
     
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    whats your parameters
     
  13. nico.m.ferreira

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    the tank is 600l 1.76m x 500mm and 600 high.
    Water changes I can do more of.
    I do about 50l every second month.
    I have 4 popeler pumps to help with water flow.
    Chemicals used is kh buffer, phosphate remover and iodine( one cap evey night), all from pure reef.
    food for corrals is tropic marine pro-coral phyton and fish are tetra marine flakes xs.
     
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    Having a quick look at your sump, a couple of problem areas.

    1> the Bio balls as well as the coral chips will trap a lot of bad detritus and will raise your nutrient levels. Slowly replace them with some live rock and micro algae.
    2> the substance in your deep sand bed looks a bit big try and replace it with something like Aragonite the grain size must be a small as possible not trap detritus.
     
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    You will have to do more Water changes, At least 15% to 20% per week.
     
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    Thanx the dsb has got crused corral very fine like about 2mm diameter and the middel layer is araganite.
    I will start replasing the corral chips asap.
    I will start the tests so I can give the parameters of the water.
     
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    Hi,check the tds of your r.o.water.
     
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    I suggest
    1, loose the Bio-Balls and try to replace the with some carbon in mesh bag
    2, remove the content of the 2nd stage and turn it into a fuge
    3, remove the argonite from the 3rd stage and replace them with some live rock
    4, a phospate reactor will do you good
    5, live stock will also help arredicate the Grn hair algea like tangs, lawn mower blennie
    , sea hare or a blk sailfin blennie they are herbavours

    and What ever you do, Do it slowly you don't want to shock the eco-system

    BTW how long dose the light run?
     
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    Hi.
    What is a fuge?
    The lights normaly run for about 13 to 16 hours.
    I will post the test results soon, thank you for all the support.
     
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    EISH!!! I agree on the sump setup posted by Coral Diver, and I might repeat what he said but here is my take on the matter:

    1) be patient, you will not cure this overnight!;)
    2) remove the bio balls, ceramic rings (if you have any) and filter floss. *NOTE however that you should remove this not all at once. Remove one or two handfulls every third day or so. This will give the bacteria time to repopulate...
    3) get some form om phosphate reducer. If you can, get a reactor, if not, insert some rowaphos or similar, and replace within a two weeks.
    4) If you don't run carbon, get some, also replace that within two weeks time.
    5) Your lights on for 16hrs is WAY too long. The longer you run the lights, the more will your algae photosynthesise. I would suggest reduce your light period to four hours IMMEDIATELY. Do this only for two weeks. Do not miss this part, and stay strong, as yes, you will not see much of your tank opposed to the time you always had it running, but with lower photosynth time, the algae will die.
    6) Increase your hardness (KH) to about 12ppm. GHA can not live in hard water, and I can almost guarantee you your KH is at about 6/7ppm.
    7) Get some snails, blennies etc as mentioned.

    This is what I would do, all of it. You will see a great reduction in this by doing points 3,4,5,6 immediately, but remember point 1 - it will take a little while, so be patient!!

    Also, on the photo's your water seems yellow / green. What lights are you using, and what K rating do they have?

    Good luck mate :thumbup:
     
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