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  1. Ben Hosaflook

    How to get rid of my algae?!

    Hey guys! So I've had a NUVO 10 Gallon going consistently for about 2 and a half years. It's had its ups and downs, but one thing I've struggled with was algae. In the beginning it was due to over-feeding/inconsistent water changes, but now I've got things down. Nitrates at like .025, phosphates at 0, nitrites and ammonia at 0. Only livestock I've got is one small clownfish and on nassarius snail. I feed a quarter of a block of mysis/week, sometimes just once every two weeks. I run filter floss (changed weekly), Chemipure Blue, a protein skimmer. I have an AI prime 16HD that I run about half power. HOW DO I GET THE DANG ALGAE GONE??? I'll manually pick off algae, use a toothbrush, but it always comes back. I've heard vibrant works well? should I shoot for that??? I'd love a tang, but obviously, in a 10 gallon, that's impossible, SO, are there any potential substitutes for a pretty small algae muncher???
  2. Hi All, I may be criticized for my methods here but I really need some help. I came over from freshwater tanks in the fall to start my first 10g nanoreef (approx. 9 months ago). It's had it's ups and downs, but I really like it and want to upgrade. My current setup is: 10g aqeon tank HOB Seachem Tidal 55 (with sponge, matrix, and phosguard pad) AI Prime 50w heater Hydor Koralia powehead (240gph) Cobalt Micro UV sterlilizer I want to upgrade to an IM 20 Fusion Pro but I have yet to master the 10g tank. I seem to have a constant battle with algae that never ends. Once a week a spend 1-2 hours with a turkey baster blowing off purple algae (cyano?) and sucking it off the sand bed (with some sand too) during my 30% water changes. I also have to constantly blow off my GSP (which is recovering from a temperature/equipment failure) maybe twice a week. I'm learning a lot as I go and it's been a little rocky since I jumped head first but 4 weeks ago I switched to RODI but no improvements, it still seems to be the same issue. My current parameters are: PH: 8.4 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate .25 Ammonia 420 Calc 6 Alk (low, I know. I can't get it to stay higher for some reason) Phosphates: 0 1.027 salinity 77 degree water AI Prime running for approx. 11 hours. 3 of which are at its max for the day. Posting pic of schedule below. The levels are what it looks like during peak hours. High Range PH, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Ammonia all measured using API Freshwater Master Kit. Other measurements are using API kits as well. If I move to the 20g I would think about seeding dry rock with the rock I have now, but I don't want to "infect" the new tank with the algae and problems I have now. Any advice? I'm thinking the HOB filter is causing issues with the sponge catching detritus but nitrates are reading 0 so I'm not entirely sure that's the issue. I completely washout the sponge and filter every 3 weeks or so (future tank I plan on filter floss so I can just replace easily every week). Thanks in advanced.
  3. Over the past few months this yucky brown algae has been growing over my sand bed. Can anyone identify it? It’s kind of hairy in appearance if you look at it up close and it sticks the sand together. My nassarius snails avoid it and just stay in a clean corner of the tank. How do I get rid of it?
  4. Gagej12

    Algae Bloom Help

    Hi everyone , I recently had a pretty bad algae bloom. After trying various methods I eventually bought a UV sterilizer. Thankfully the sterilizer cleared the water up in hours. However I still have algae on the rocks and parts of the glass. Should I add to my clean up crew to help or just give it time. I also don’t want to run the sterilizer for too long because it’s only a 10g and I’m worried about killing off too much. Not too sure what to do and need advice.All water parameters checkout and livestock is all doing well also.
  5. Hi- I'm new to this forum. I had a nano reef tank 20 years ago and it flourished - we were constantly having to sell frags because they grew so fast! I just bought a set-up from someone that was moving. Things have changed so much in 20 yrs in the hobby! I have 3 questions I'm hoping to get answers about so I don't mess anything up. I got the tank in January and the coral are growing / spreading and the 2 clowns haven't died. It is a 10 gal fusion nano with nemo light and chaeto for filtration with powerhead and barebottom- no substrate. I add BRS 2 part everyday and weekly water change 25%. Parameters are all right on (from what I can tell). Cleaning crew are various snails (don't know what kind), blue leg crab and 2 red legs, tiny red brittle star. The photo is from Feb. My camera doesn't take very good photos - the tank has much more color than it shows. The previous owner did not do much to the tank- He said it was maintenance free - he let the chaeto do the work. I like doing the weekly water changes. Will this be okay with the chaeto? I'm leaving the chaeto light on about 15 hrs/day. I've had some brown filmy type algae with some string algae that I've been trying to get rid of. I started using a bit of the chemi-pure elite in back filter and it has helped a little - it's not getting any worse, but some of it just does not seem to want to go away. The coralline now seems like it is growing at a faster rate than the algae. I also probably feed corals and fish more frequently than the previous owner did. My next question is about the bb - I've tried to read online to see what is recommended and it seems to be split. He has a white board on the bottom that has some coralline and some of the brown fuzzy algae. I'm thinking of removing the board and adding in a Carib Sea aragonite crushed coral/sand substrate. I think it is what we used 20 yrs ago. The tank is tight with not lots of vacuuming room around the rocks. Do you think adding the sand will be a problem, keeping the detritus out and able to keep it clean? or will it help if the beneficial bacteria can grow in it? Last is about dividing up some of my coral that are getting really big. I have some Trumpet/candy cane and a Duncan that are outgrowing their space. Can I cut them in the tank or do I need to remove the rock from the tank - maybe use my bucket of saltwater from the water change and place rock in bucket to divide. I've divided the stylos, and the leather corals and polyps, but I've never divided these other 2. any info on these 3 questions would be greatly appreciated.
  6. I’ve got an outbreak of this in our tank: I’m not worried about the layer of green beneath. The fuzzy, fluffy brown stuff over that is what I’m worried about.
  7. 505nano


    Hello and sorry to post this, I'm sure it's been posted many times, but can someone tell me if this is Coraline? Tank has been up since July of 2019. I know I've had a slight nitrate problem in the past, but all my other levels are consistent and where they should be. Thanks in advance!
  8. Toufiqul Islam

    Unidentified Species

    Dear all I am doing my thesis on this selected Marine species that haven't been identified. Literally I have no idea whether it is a Marine plant or invertebrate. There is no such related Marine Biologist or Marine Expert in our country whom I can seek assistance. So, I am desperately seeking your kind assistance to identify this species.
  9. Product Link: https://www.coralvue.com/icecap-turf-scrubber These updated units are already on the market and on retailer shelves (pricing unchanged), but we wanted to take a moment to share some of the changes that have been made to the IceCap Algae Turf Scrubbers because a lot of the inspiration came from the feedback of early adopters on forums like NR. We value the opinions of all hobbyists and sincerely appreciate everyone who cared enough to share their thoughts. You've really helped us to build a better product! If there are any early adopters reading this that have experienced an issue with your scrubber, we invite you to contact us at support@coralvue.com so we can help you out!Some of the changes we've made include: The spray bar is slotted now (rather than a bunch of small holes) which helps water flow evenly down the mesh screen. A spray bar cover was added to prevent algae from growing in the drain holes and clogging. Leak guards were added on the sides so no salt creep comes out of the spray bar. Red LEDs were added to the lights for better hair algae growth. Thumb-locking screws were added to lock the water inlet pipe in position. Here are some quick photos that show these changes:
  10. Anyone know what this algae is? Kind of looks like grass and I was thinking green hair algae but this doesn’t really match and I have had that in the past. It’s not on the rocks but it’s starting to pop up in the sand, maybe it’s bryopsis
  11. Without going into water Params, does this look like Dino’s or diatoms? There’s coralline, hair algae and then the brown all mixed together. On some rocks it looks like Dino’s, on the sand bed it looks like diatoms and on the glass it looks like all of it. My 20G Long has been a swing of issues over the last 3 yrs. Mostly green hair algae. But this brown crap has been going on for a little while now. Thanks a bunch!!!
  12. Today is the final day to enter for your chance to win an IceCap Algae Scrubber in the size of your choice!All you have to do to enter is sign up for our email newsletter.* Here's the link to do so: CoralVue Contest: Win an IceCap Algae Turf Scrubber! IceCap Algae Turf Scrubbers use algae as a natural water filter to remove nitrate, phosphate, and other pollutants from your aquarium water. Rather than having algae grow uncontrolled inside your display tank, an algae scrubber allows you to grow algae in a controlled setting where it can be easily removed—thereby removing contaminants from your tank in the process. This all-natural form of water filtration can reduce and even eliminate the need for water changes!*There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. Ends 11/15/19. Winner will be contacted by email on Monday 11/18/19. Open to legal residents of the US age 18 or older. Void where prohibited.
  13. SantaMonica

    The Best Algae Swamp Beast Face

    Who can do the best algae swamp beast face? On the left is my version, just to show you where the face is. You can take the one of the right and make your own version which will hopefully be better than mine.
  14. adam_ducote

    Unknown Algae

    Can someone identify this algae? I’m not sure what it is. It’s like string or strands of hair. Nitrates are at 10ppm. Salinity 1.026. Alk:9.2. Doing a water change tomorrow. Thanks!
  15. These little anemone looking things with white dots at the center and little fingers around it popped up all over my new live rock on the coralline algae. Anyone got an id? I can’t find anything online.
  16. These little anemone looking things with white dots at the center and little fingers around it popped up all over my new live rock on the coralline algae. Anyone got an id? I can’t find anything online.
  17. What is this brown film that’s covering parts of my sand? None of my clean up crew seems particularly interested in eating it. I tried to siphon it out but it was kinda heavy and didn’t want to get pulled out of the tank.
  18. i have a 32 gallon biocube with some astrias and a olive snail alongside eith a bhangai cardinalfish, blue damsal and a clown. ive begun to notice whats been causing this dark green algae type stuff on some of my liverock , i know liverock will have coraline growth but this cant be that its really dark green and looks soft to the touch any ideas ?
  19. Marine Depot

    Get Rid of Cyanobacteria and Algae

    Get Rid of Cyanobacteria and Algae A Recipe for Success from DrTim's Aquatics!
  20. Hi Folks, When I doing routine weekly maintenance on my tank yesterday, I noticed I have Green Bubble Algae in two places. Luckily, they aren't on any live rock and/or coral but are on the frag disk of each coral. They are also not very prominent. On one disk, I see 3 bubbles and the other one I spotted just one. I have read and understood that manual removal is the first and the easy way to do it. But I just wanted to confirm it with everyone here before I do so. Thoughts?
  21. NuisanceAlgaeCultivator

    Gulf Coast Green Stuff

    Anyone know what this is and if it’d be safe to put in a refugium or even the display tank? I live about two miles from the Gulf Coast Ocean in a small town right outside of Houston Texas. Was on my way to the fish store just to browse and decided to just look along the shoreline instead and found some seaweed or algae or something...not really sure how this is classified. I glued a patch to a rock just to get some scale and show how it floats when submerged and anchored. Where I live there’s TONS of the stuff and it pulls right off the rocks. Thanks!
  22. Marine Depot

    How to Get Rid of Cyanobacteria

    How to Get Rid of CyanobacteriaRED SLIME!!! - Reef Tank Pest Control #3
  23. antigonus

    What are these?

    My tank is fourteen days old, this morning I saw the glass was covered with these little tufts of brownish or greenish "hairs" for lack of a better word. What could these be? I assume some sort of algae but they don't look like the diatoms in my tank, any way it could be the beginnings of GHA?
  24. Salty.reef.girl

    Help with Green algae

    My tank has been running for about 5 months now and I've been having an issue with this green algae and I'm not sure what I should do to get rid of it. When I first started to get it it was just where there was direct flow. My parameters are: Nitrate- 5 Phosphate- 0 Alk- 8 Calcium- 420 Mag- 1320 Salinity- 1.024 Temp- 78 F
  25. LiamFalconer


    I will have had my Biocube 32 for a year as of this coming January. Everything was going swimmingly until about 3 months ago. It started with my heater suddenly not holding steady. I fixed that but I started developing diatoms and some general nitrate rising. Long story short, it snowballed into a completely orange-ish green-ish tank with 150+ nitrates. I cut lighting and feeding a lot as well as starting to use Dr. Tim's Waste-Away. (also been doing weekly 25% water changes)All of these things lowered nitrates to ~40ppm and then my Flame angel developed velvet. It spread to my clarkii clown as well as my yellow watchman goby and blue damsel I set up a QT and treated all. Flame angel and Damsel died but clarkii and goby pulled through. (I used copper meds.) My tank has now been fishless for a month with no food being added and 25% weekly water changes and nitrates are still ~40ppm with rampant algae. Phosphates have always been 0. I don't know what do to now. I thought a month without food would solve nitrate issues but no change at all, only constant scrubbing keeps algae away. Help please.
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