Brown Stringy Algae

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    BryanS

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    I need a little help before this problem gets to out of control. I can't get a clear picture picture of it, but when the lights first turn on I cant really see it but it quickly turns brown, it also seems to be growing mainly on my corals, it is causing a couple of them to stay closed.

    all my parameters are good, my trates are a little high, but I have been doing 5 gallon water changes every week (29 gallon tank).

    can someone tell me what kind of algae it is and how to stop it please?
     
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    Is it stringy, like snot, with air bubbles trapped in it? If so, that sounds like dinoflagellates. A black out for several days is the best way to deal with dinos. Raising your pH also works, but that's more difficult to control than a black out.
     
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    yea kinda like snot, but def air bubbles...so will the blackout hurt any of my corals or should they be fine?
     
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    The corals will be fine -- I'd start with a 3 day blackout and see if that gets rid of them. Dinos are toxic if eaten, so have you seen any of your CUC or herbivores go belly up?
     
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    actually yea my biggest turbo died for no reason (atleast i was thinking)

    could that be the reason my dendros are not coming out becasue it is on them kinda bad?
     
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    That could be it. I had dinos earlier this year. They killed a couple of my herbivorous fish, and a lot of my CUC.
     
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