Red Algae

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  1. Antolo

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    I am having a problem with red algae.its in my substrate my glass and on a few of my rocks. Why is this caused and how can I get rid of it?
     
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    When you say red algea - do you mean cyano - if so its part of your tank cycling - oh my where are my manners - welcome to MASA - go to the search tab on the top and look up cyano - if it looks more maroon than red than chances are its cyano - once your parameters have stabalised and the tank fully gone through its cycle it will disapear but can come back from time to time if water parameters go out of whack!
     
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    Can you maybe post a pic of the Red Algae that you are referring too...?
     
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    Does it look like this...
     
  6. Antolo

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    I have looked at some pics of Red Cyano on the net and that is exactly what it is. I check my parameters often and they are all good. How do I get rid of it. I brush it off the rocks and stir up my substrate to get rid of it but by the next morning it is back again
     
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    :cursing::banghead::dft004::confused1::banghead::censored::banghead:!!!

    This pretty much sums up my 1st hand experience with cyno!! Almost made me shut my whole tank down!!

    Welcome to MASA!!

    There is allot of info on how to get rid of this stuff and please just be patient..It took me months!! Jacquesb has a thread on here somewhere that outlines what you can do to help, but the bottom line is just be patient and it will go away with some steps!

    I personally increased my Magnesium levels, increased my dKH (Alk) to 10 - 11(using bi-carb), dosed kalkwasser for top up (and still do), increased flow inside my DT and added an airstone to my sump, and skimmed wet! There are quick fixes on the market...but if you get a handle on it this way you will have made a great step to understanding the reef aquarium better!!
     
  8. ben lloyd

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    i think my snail will eat that as well.
     
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    Improve your oxygen levels by adding airstones and not the little piddly bubbles. Point your powerheads so that they break and really agitate the waters surface. Increase your flow through your diplay and sump to help oxygenate and lastly, make sure your temperatue isn't too high. A higher temp means less oxygen in the tank
     
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    Thanks for all the help. What do you mean by DT? So all in all I need more oxygen. Do you think this is the reason my Anenome Died? Does to much light have anything to do with it?
     
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    Antolo DT means display tank
    how much light are we taking here?
     
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    I Have two T8's white and two T5's one white and one blue. I run them for 8 hours a day
     
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    Anenome Died?


    The guys say 9 months before you can put an Anenome in a new tank. The system needs to mature before it can host an Anenome.
     
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    jip you can only introduce a anemone's after your sickle is complete.
    THE light is ok how old is your bulbs they mite need to be replaced.
    8 hrs is not a lot i run mine 12hrs.
     
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    I really dont think your lighting is enough...do you have reflectors? Nennies need ALLOT of light, prefereably MH!
     
  16. Antolo

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    I was told by the pet shop that you can put in anenome anytime.my tank is three months old. my lights are only three months old. I have lined the whole hood with aluminium foil tape.
     
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    lot of red tape when we get to anenome's they need good water flow,light and your water must be good.
     
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    Here we go again with the advise from the LFS!

    Antolo, you have come to the right place for good advise. Also look at my thread about my nennie, also given the same advise form a LFS (Local Fish Shop). I just managed to save him in time and take him back and get a refund! Lighting is very, very important to nennies, as well as a stable established system. 3 months running it really not long enough to put a nennie it! Foil tape does reflect, but not well enough. The reflectors we buy reflect 86% to 94%. Foil is maybe half of that! I dont suggest you add another nennie untill you get your lighting sorted out and let the tank run for at least another 6 months!

    Just some advise to save you allot of heart ache!!:)
     
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    Horrible stuff - Cyano - good luck
     
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    Hi Guys I have tried everything to fight this red Algae but Im loosing the battle. I added an air stone to my sump I bought an extra power head, I decreased my light time to 6 hours I cleaned the whole tank and dropped the salt by a bit. Ive added charcoal to my sump. But this stuff just keeps coming back
     
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    Wat is the ratio of mixing that Kalkwasser?What is the difference between skimming wet and dry?
     
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