Help with algae

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  1. nudibranch

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    Hi All

    My wife has a nano tank. Its is a 45x45x45cm with built in sump.

    In the sump
    Bio balls
    Purigen
    Phosphate remover
    carbon
    Small hang on skimmer

    In DT
    3 clowns
    1 shrimp
    2 royal gramma

    Water params are as follows
    NH3 = 0
    NO3 = 40
    NO2 = 0
    Alk = 8.2
    PO4 = 0.08
    Temp = 26
    Sal = 1.024

    Dosing Red sea foundation B and vinegar to help keep NO3 under control.

    Her tank has huge green algae issues. The glass literally get green algae within hours of clean it also has hair algae.

    Any idea what could be causing this? Any idea what I can to to help reduce the algae

    Thanks
    Paul
     
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  3. TaahirS

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    Nitrates are high and phosphate should be 0.
    Could add an algae scrubber to keep nitrates and phosphates down.
     
  4. weezle

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    A number of things could contribute to the algae problem but I suspect Overfeeding is the cause
    Of your nitrates being so high
    I would recomend weekly 10% water changes and cutting down on food quantities untill your nitrates come down however seeing as you do not live near the coast this could work out costing quite a bit.
    What lights are you using?sometimes old bulbs promote algae growth , also is the tank in direct sunlight?
    This will cause algae to grow on the glass.
    If your carbon is older than 1 month you should change it out with new carbon.
    Post a pic of your "wife's" green tank so we can get an idea of how bad the problem is increase the flow in the display if you can and vacuum the substrate with every water change
    Good luck man
     
  5. dallasg

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    come visit me on weekend and i will give you 150ml titanium cubes to remove NO3
     
  6. nudibranch

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    @weezle, currently doing 10% weekly water changes, have led lights installed and does not have direct sun light. Flow could be a problem. Here are pics of the tank
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    @Dallas, thanks for the offer. I'm away this weekend but will contact when I'm back

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  7. Hingis

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    @nudibranch dosing the foundation B will not lower No3 if I understood you correctly. That foundation B is merely a buffer to increase your alkalinity. Have you tried Red Seas other product Nopox (No3:po4 X) .. This should help lower your nitrate and phosphate. I had good success with it.
     
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    cool, they ready
     
  9. JohanB

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    Are you topping up with tap water or RO water?
    You must be getting a lot of nutrients somewhere. Probably overfeeding as well.
    You're skimmer must also work well to remove the waste otherwise dosing vinegar wont work.
    How old is the tank?
    Good luck
     
  10. nudibranch

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    @Hingis, I'm dosing foundation B to keep Alk in check not to lower NO3. Will look into NOPOX.
    @DALLAS, will contact you tomorrow @JohanB, using RO water for top ups. Will reduce feeding. Skimmer working well. The tank is about 6 months old
     
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  11. Reaper

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    You could try using NO3:pO4-X from Red Sea. On that size tank you would dose about 2 ml daily for about 3 days, then reduce to 1 ml daily for 2 days. Thereafter it's just a 1-2 ml dose twice a week.
     
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    Ag crap - there's a smiley face thingie inside the stuff's name... it's NO3 : PO4 - x
     
  13. gavapotomous

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    I have read on other threads that dosing no3po4 but with special blend too is a good idea as bacteria is carbon limited so the no3po4 is just multiple sources of carbon. Dosing the special blend hopefully will help the right bacteria multiply? I have read a few threads with algea and cyano problems have success with this. I am thinking the above strategy but with seachems matrix might be a great idea as then the bacteria has lots of surface area to attach to too? I am very very new to all this so could be way off here?
     
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    I am dosing the no3po4 with special blend - and it's working at the moment for me very well. See my tank thread to see how my water levels quickly stabalised
     
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