Light Height Advice

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    Hello All. I am fighting some red algae and needed a little advice on my lights. I have 2 LED fixtures above the tank. When I started experiencing this problem I moved them up to about 20" above the lids. I hoped this would help. It hasn't.

    Water parameters are all within the recommended levels. I am trying to do more and more water changes. Currently for the last month I have been doing 15 percent weekly. I have also watched to not over feed. The rocks in the picture were just put in 2 days ago. (I had them out for over a year after a bubble algae takeover)

    Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!
     

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    I apologize I wasn't very clear on my original question. If I am fighting red algae, should I have my lights lower or higher away from the glass lids? Also should I turn the intensity down?

    Thank you
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    I am honestly not worried about the lights.
    What is your flow like? How many and what kind.

    Cyanobacteria is not an algae it is a bacteria. How old is this tank? From the picture it looks like a fairly recent set up.

    There are options out there that work and I'll try to help.
     
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    I have 3 Hydor Koralia's. 2x1400 1x1050

    The tank is right around 2 years old. I removed EVERYTHING for about 8-12 months previously to "start over" after neglect. Has been running for 2 years however with 2 clown fish living in it.

    It is a 75gallon setup. Any suggestions on wear to place the koralias? I seem to always get a dead spot or two towards the back of the tank.

    Thank you for the response.
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    You have plenty of flow.

    If your phosphates are in check I would look into red slime stain remover. It works flawlessly.
    No w/c and keep everything on. The protein skimmer goes nuts but I took the cup off and left it run. No issues with corals, fish, or inverts. I have a huge hydno that did slime for a little while.
     
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    I will try this!! Thank you!
     
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    Here are where the power heads currently are.
     

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    Possibly lower the power heads to 2/3rd tank height. Face them angled towards surface. Your rock work is very low in the tank, it may not work as well as the idea in my head.
     
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    Thank you for the response. I have about 3 times the rock outside the tank currently. I am cleaning and drying it out from a bubble algae problem. Once the tank is stable again I will add the other rocks back in.
     
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    It's probably too late to respond to your question but, I had the same issue and all I did was scoop it all out as good as I could and I did a water change. I don't know which of them did it for me but I never saw it again!
     
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