How to get rid of red slime algea?

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  1. Renannchen

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    Hey guys i have been strugling with red slime algea fo about a month now... Ever since i replaced my sump i have been getting alot of red slime algea. Can any1 plz just tel me how to get it out of my system! Its growing everywhere, and now im getting a hard type of green algea on the glass aswel, wil post pics asap but plz tel me how to get rid of the red algea?
     
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    Its a tipe of velvet carpet algea! And it grows like real fast
     
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    Water prams bud.?????
     
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    I also had it once, I siphoned it out regularly without breaking it up into the tank. Don't use those cylindrical "sucker" things - they're too weak. Use a 20mm clear flex pipe and do a water change in one go. I did this and it worked - I sucked the slime algae off completely.
    It all comes back to Anthony Calfo's saying: "dilution is the solution to polution" ;)
     
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    O ja, water parameters are obviously needed - but if they're out, the regular water changes should sort it out. Also don't overfeed :)
     
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    @Tobes a siphon will not solve the cumming problem. The sump was changed so my guess is the nitrites are available hence the problem.

    Renannchen do water tests and post.
     
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    It will help by getting the algae out of the system - Red slime algae is Cyano and grows because of a nutrient issue.
    Dilution will help, and what better way than to get the algae out while doing a water change? Less spores, less algae. Obviously the cause must be identified and treated. I doubt that a new sump will cause cyano - usually a mini cycle causes diatoms, unless something in the tank/sump is leaching something. Or am I missing the boat?
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    Are you vodka dosing or adding any bacteria?
     
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    Will take water tests asap, just have to go buy tests? Mine expired last month! Will keep you up to date! I just did a 25percent water change and got a new skimmer from ed.. Im curently runing 2 berlin skimmers... What would be the most important tests to buy for now, money a bit of a prob now..
     
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    It seems to grow on the lr aswel! Dnt knw what to do!
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Is it only in low flow areas?
     
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    I told you what to do. Mine was also on the LR. Siphon it off with a thin pipe - 20mm or less. Don't panic,it will take time to come right. Remember - bad things happen quickly and good things take time.
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    I told you what to do. Mine was also on the LR. Siphon it off with a thin pipe - 20mm or less. Don't panic,it will take time to come right. Remember - bad things happen quickly and good things take time.
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    pic of the algea.. plz id it for me?
     
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    Mate, yep thats Cyano bacteria, just to be clear this is a bacteria and not an algae. I almost gave up the hobby because of this stuff, but by following the following regimen, it is gone and has never returned

    1) Lighting cycle - drop it for a while, say 6 hours a day
    2) Water changes - up this to double what you doing now, and as Tobes points out, siphon it off as often as possible
    3) Double the amount of carbon in the sump (preferably in a reactor - I DIY's one out of a siphon end piece and a small pump - change this every 3-4 days if possible
    4) Aeration - put an airstone or 2 in the sump to raise your Redox

    And most important - be patient - you will win - it took me more than a month
     
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    Thax will that def work?? im really desprte now
     
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    So was I trust me - look what my tank looked like! - check out this thread of mine "Cyano Psycho" Cyano Psycho - Nuisance Algae

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    Yep - worked for me and continues to work
     
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    Stop all vodka/carbon dosing as well as probiotics
     
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    Looks like you have some Aiptasia, you may want to start working on nuking them before they get out of control also.
     
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