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Featured Algae Battles...

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by rabbut, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. rabbut

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    Evening all,

    I'm having trouble with two types of algae.

    1) Red, branchy, tough stuff, similar to Bryopsis

    2) Red Bubble Algae

    The two are starting to get out of hand now, despite weekly manual removals. Water stats are usually good in terms of Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and Phosphate. Usually I don't even get a trace on one or the other... Ammonia was up a week or so ago (see my charts), but I think that was more me getting used to a new test kit (just switched brands), rather than an actual spike :blush:

    The overview charts are accessible via the test tube image below. Charts for just the last 5 tests can be found at the link below;

    http://www.thesaltybox.com/results/results/rabbut/detail.php

    I'd like to know the best method of attack. Manual removal doesn't appear to be getting anywhere, and I can't work out what it's feeding on.

    These have been about in the system now since about christmas time. I think they came in on a piece of coral I got shortly before that time :sad:

    Any thoughts, comments or advice on sorting them out would be much appreciated Worship
     
  2. Ged

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    The red bubble algae is it on loads of rocks or not?

    I would potentially treat the same as I am trying to do with the brown GSP

    Taking a piece of rock out at a time and then scalding with hot water. Getting rid of it with a toothbrush once scalded, then cleaning off again in hot water.

    Yes it may kill some of the rock, but in moderation, it has had no detrimental effect that I can tell. Like reefbones, it would soon reseed anyway.
     
  3. rabbut

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    That's a possible method to use in a month or so, when I next have a break from uni and hence time to dismantle the reef. TBF, it needs doing as I've ran out of perches for new corals anyway :rolleyes:

    Only one rock is badly affected with the bubble, and likewise the Hairy one. They are starting to appear elsewhere aswell however...
     
  4. Ged

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    I would kill the bubble algae with a nice hot bath then mate. It is gone for good then. :thumbup1:

    Give it a couple of weeks then do the other one. As my mate Gordon would say, Done!
     
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    The best muchers of red algae are true mexican turbos.

    What spectrum lighting are you using?

    Tony.
     
  6. rabbut

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    It's a 14,000K 250W BLV lamp in the unit... There is only the halide over the display for lighting :thumbup1:
     
  7. karnivor

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    That could be helping the red algae.
    Normally red algaes prefer higher spectrum lighting with lower brightness like you will get from the BLV.

    You could try running a cheapy 6500 bulb for a week or two, it should kill it off, but watch out for the green algae, as it will start to grow.

    Tony.
     
  8. rabbut

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    Interesting....

    Thanks for the suggestion. I may try a different lamp if it persists then :smile:
     
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    Agreeing with Tony on this, try a higher brightness bulb
    Red bubble does seem to like lower ligting levels. I get alot of red bubble algea growth in my sump mainly because of the lower level of brightness from the bulb I use, which I manually remove every couple of weeks.

    Steve
     
  10. Turner

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    WOW:whistling:... rabbut asking fo advice... whats the world coming too:wink:!!!

    hope you sort it easy enough pal. u help everyone else out with there problemsBig Thumbs Up
     
  11. rabbut

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    We all need help with things at some point turner, it's impossible to know everything, and as hard as anyone tries in this hobby, we all have blips at some point with our systems :whistling:

    For those whom are suggesting a different lamp, can you recommend one? It will have to be the end of the month when I actually get it, as cash is tight ATM, but suggestions for then are appreciated :smile:
     
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    I'd say either one of Iaquatics MH or one off MacAquatics on fleabay
    Both or inexpensive and would work as a tempory measure untill the outbreak subsides
    Steve
     
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    raising your mag kills green bryopsis, so might be worth a try

    worth a read..Byropsis Defeated
     
  14. rabbut

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    Chears Steve and Sandy. I have tried raised mag for green Bryopsis in the past, and it did work, so that might be worth a good too :smile:
     
  15. karnivor

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    You can go two ways with bulbs.
    If its temporary, get one from a lighting supplier, for normal highbay use. They are very cheap but will look bright and awful.

    If you need a replacement for the BLV, you should consider investing in a good 10k bulb. We sell Reeflix bulbs and they are extremely bright and give fanstastic colours. The best bulb on the market IMO.

    Tony.
     
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    I'll second the true Mexican Turbos. I got three for my Nano and they have cleared the short red algae completely. Make sure everything is bolted down though because they are MASSIVE! I now supplement their feed twice a week with some dried red seaweed that I pin to the glass with the magnetic cleaner. The Turbos polish it off in a minute or two.
     
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