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Seven7
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PostSubject: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 4:42 pm

I have some questions and need help. My Biocube is cycling and there is an outbreak of maroon colored algae. There is hair algae also. Should I be concerned or will this go away after the cycle is over? Please help
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 5:53 pm

Did you cure your rock before you placed it in the tank?
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 6:27 pm

Seven7 wrote:
I have some questions and need help. My Biocube is cycling and there is an outbreak of maroon colored algae. There is hair algae also. Should I be concerned or will this go away after the cycle is over? Please help

is the aglae you are referring to more of a slimey looking stuff? and as far as hair algae look into your phosphates. a brown dusty looking algae is a sign of your tank going through its cycle but a red/marron slimey looking algae is in fact a bacterial slime and not an algae at all while the hair algae growth is a sign of phosphates being off. another thing that i have discovered to cause algae growth is bulbs needing replaced (this i have only noticed with power compact bulbs though)
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 6:52 pm

It's just like a carpet on the sand it will just lift right up. I clean the sides of the tank atleast once a day because it grows up the sides of the "cube". I had three small live rocks in the tank for around 2 months and there was just a little brownish algae. Then I had some other rocks and old coral in another tank to get them ready for the "cube". There was not problems in that tank. Just after I put the new stuff in the "cube" (1-3 days) things went nuts. Nitrate and Nitrite was up, but just slightly.
I do have a actinic bulb out. I have a picture. How do you put a picture on here?
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 7:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 8:19 pm

hmmm the nitrate/nitite up sound like there was some die off on the stuff in your other tank, the carpet type stuff that lifts off sounds mor elike red bacterial slime than algae. try fixing your out bulb and do a waterchange on the tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 8:31 pm

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I have some of the maroon looking slime in my nano(I've even seen it floating before). Margarita snails take care of it for me. I see it every now and then on the substance and powerheads. Never the rocks. What kind of cleaner crew do you have?
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 9:08 pm

I have a Lawnmower Blenny that I just got today. I will change the bulb and do the water change then see what happens. Now that you say die off maybe that is it
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime12/13/2009, 11:59 pm

yeah die off could cause ammonia, nitrate, nitrite spikes. running a skimmer will help remove impurities from the die off
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PostSubject: Re: Algae!   Algae! Icon_minitime2/3/2010, 7:23 pm

also for teh haior algae check your phosphates, they may be high.
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