Green Hair Algae!

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  1. Melonbob

    Melonbob

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    Well, this is my stats for the week, I posted in my build thread, but figured I'd get more responses here

    SG - 1.024
    Amm-0
    Nitrite - 0
    Nitrate - 10
    Calcium - 520
    Phos - 0
    Alk - 13 dKH

    A few things to note here. I did my samples before I topped off with fresh water, and there was alot of evaporation (about 2.5 gallons to top up) Could this have affected dKH and Calcium. Why does my calcium keep climbing? I stopped dosing it. Is it too high now? What about dKH? 13 too high as well? The reason I'm asking all these questions is because I have freaking Green hair Algae everywhere!!!
     
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    Yes I would say the Calcium is a little too high, and the Alk is little high too. I could be wrong though. As why this is effecting algae growth I do not know, but would like to know the answer also.
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    they are fine parameters. I keep my tank at your parameters all the time, I believe it is like adding steroids to your SPS corals and LPS corals for them to grow.

    How often are you feeing? how long is your light cycle? what is your bioload (number of fishies)? are you using RO water only? Get yourself 2 Mexican turbos and a sea hare (yes, Biff you have converted me). But be prepared to take back the greenish turd to the fish store when it is done eating all your algae. cut back your lights, feedings, and make sure your water is good, increase water changes from 10% to 20% a week for a month and I bet your hair algae will go away.

    Biff, you should really buy one that you rent out to all the tanks with hair algae on the forum and have them send it back to you when you are done.

    -Doc
     
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    Yes,your calcium and dKH is a bit high but not dangerously though.My guess is the algae is consuming the nitrate and phosphate.High calcium/dKH doesn't cause hair algae,nutrients does.

    Are you using RO/DI water?
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    Also, don't be afraid to use phosguard or phosban to get rid of the nutrients and phosphates in yor tank which the Algae use for food

    -Doc
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Dr. Marco has got it covered.
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    Did you like the sea hare recommendation? I am such a Biffer-ite

    -Doc
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Sea hares rule!
     
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    sea hares still suck..... and i will still not buy one again
     
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    Are you using flakes,pellets,or frozen foods to feed with?
    If your feeding flakes and pellets,that could be your trouble.
    Also get yourself 2 bottles of chemi-pure elite and add to your sump and start dosing Marine SAT.
    That should help.
     
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    All I have is 2 clowns, and all I am feeding them is a very small amount of .5mm pellets daily
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    you are probably sick of hearing it, but frozen food really is better for the fish and your tank than pellets. I would switch if I were you. they could be contributing to the nutrient build up in your tank.

    I would still be more dilligent with more frequent water changes, phosphate remover, blah, blah, blah, like you haven't hear it from me before. Sorry for sounding redundant

    -Doc
     
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    Add another one to the nag pile. Ditch the pellets. Switch to frozen. Blah blah blah :).
     
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    Doc I don't work for anybody

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    you are in good company with me Biff. I love your nagging

    -Doc
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Guess I'll be the thrid one to nag.
    Just do like Doc and Biff said.
     
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    See, actually nobody has told me about food......I just went with what the lfs told us to go with. I believe he told my wife something along the lines of the clowns being tank raised and thats what they were fed. I'll admit, I know nothing about food, and after reading till my eyes bled regarding skimmers, rock, filters etc, I never really gave it much thought.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Most folks dont think about the food much.I kinda wandered on by accident.
    Ash is phosphate and flakes and pellets both contain ash.
     
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