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EvanSPS6

Hi all,

 

Sorry for the long write up but I'm new to the reef keeping hobby and just trying to provide as much information as I can.

 

I have a 20g AIO tank which finished cycling a little over a month ago (started with dry rock and sand). Since then I have added a clean up crew, a bicolor blenny, clownfish and a cleaner shrimp. Recently my water has become  cloudy (I suspect a bacterial bloom) and I now have a decent amount of what looks like green film algae on my rocks. 

 

My parameters seem to be all in check so I don't understand why I'm having so much algae

Ammonia: 0ppm

Nitrites: 0ppm

Nitrates: 5ppm

Phosphates: 0.03ppm

 

My clean up crew consists of:

6 small turbos

1 trochus

3 nassarius

 

Recently though, i can only count 3 turbo snails in my tank. I have a theory that maybe 3 have died and is causing the algae outbreak and bacterial bloom however I checked for Ammonia a few times and it has read 0.

 

I can also add that the cloudy water and algae seem to have gotten a little worse after my most recent water change when I vacuumed the sand a little and turkey basted my rock. During this water change I also added carbon into my media rack. Not sure if all this had anything to do with it or if it's just a coincidence.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

 

Edit**

I forgot to add that I'm running a reef glass protein skimmer and I have been doing weekly 15-20% water changes.

I'm also running the lower intensity saxbys light schedule on my ai prime HD

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WV Reefer
1 hour ago, EvanSPS6 said:

Hi all,

 

Sorry for the long write up but I'm new to the reef keeping hobby and just trying to provide as much information as I can.

 

I have a 20g AIO tank which finished cycling a little over a month ago (started with dry rock and sand). Since then I have added a clean up crew, a bicolor blenny, clownfish and a cleaner shrimp. Recently my water has become  cloudy (I suspect a bacterial bloom) and I now have a decent amount of what looks like green film algae on my rocks. 

 

My parameters seem to be all in check so I don't understand why I'm having so much algae

Ammonia: 0ppm

Nitrites: 0ppm

Nitrates: 5ppm

Phosphates: 0.03ppm

 

My clean up crew consists of:

6 small turbos

1 trochus

3 nassarius

 

Recently though, i can only count 3 turbo snails in my tank. I have a theory that maybe 3 have died and is causing the algae outbreak and bacterial bloom however I checked for Ammonia a few times and it has read 0.

 

I can also add that the cloudy water and algae seem to have gotten a little worse after my most recent water change when I vacuumed the sand a little and turkey basted my rock. During this water change I also added carbon into my media rack. Not sure if all this had anything to do with it or if it's just a coincidence.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

 

Edit**

I forgot to add that I'm running a reef glass protein skimmer and I have been doing weekly 15-20% water changes.

I'm also running the lower intensity saxbys light schedule on my ai prime HD

Can we see some pics of the algae?

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EvanSPS6
19 hours ago, WV Reefer said:

Can we see some pics of the algae?

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here are a couple of pics. Water is still cloudy, any ideas?

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seabass

If it is a bacterial bloom, it should work itself out in a few days.  I might also consider snails from Reef Cleaners.  John could hook you up with a crew which could help with the algae.

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14 hours ago, seabass said:

If it is a bacterial bloom, it should work itself out in a few days.  I might also consider snails from Reef Cleaners.  John could hook you up with a crew which could help with the algae.

Maybe I'll pick up more snails this weekend. The one trochus and 6 turbos I currently have don't seem to be going near the algae.

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sadie

You want to get some sand sifting snails too.  Reef Cleaners sell packages for certain size tanks and he throws in all kinds of snails for great prices.

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