What type of algea is this,

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by ty, 28 Mar 2015.

  1. ty

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    hi all what type of algea is this, tank is not exposed to direct sunlight, and you clean it today tomorrow its back.

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    Do you have any flow pumps in your tank? What lights are you using and how long do they stay on? Give us more detail on your system.
     
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    This is my step dads tank, but me and him are curious to see what the cause is. flow pumps is just 2 x sun sun pumps, lighting is 4x54w T5's lights stay on from about 9 in moring to 7-8 at nyt
     
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    How old is the setup and the T5 globes? How much live stock is in there? Where is the pumps mounted? How much are you feeding etc? What do you use to clean the algae off the glass? Lighting and flow are the 2 biggest contributors for algae forming in tanks and also overfeeding. That looks like normal algae forming on the glass, did you test your water? I had a problem with algae and it turned out to be my lights, put in new globes and reduced my lighting period and now it is sorted.
     
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    out of interest what is your KH level? I was running my KH very low approx 6 and had massive issue with algae on glass and substrate daily. I pushed it up to 10 and all algae gone. All other pasr the same, lighting, flow etc - just ALK. I know algae also doesnt like high MG.
     
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    Hi all the tank is about 2-3 months old, 2 pumps one on each side of tank, live stock at the moment abut 3-4 fish, water parameters are unknown, feeding normal ocean nutricion flakes, use a normal magnit cleaner to remove algea off glass.

    will get him to check his parameters,and also try reduce light time.

    this is the first time using T5's so could be the lighting.
     
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