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Algae Id

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Jeni36, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. Jeni36

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    Any idea? I’m stumped! I don’t know if I’m trying to beat hair algae and diatoms, cyano or Dinos. It looks a bit purple in the picture but it is definitely brown. I have dust on my glass and brown on my sand that looks like diatoms and the brown will come off the rock with a blast from a turkey baster. Any help very appreciated!!
     
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    It could be dinos, probably worth a second opinion. How long you have this tank running?


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    I upgraded to this tank about 18 months ago. I’m hoping it’s not Dinos, I added some of the fake Arka rock about 6 weeks ago and had a big rescape with the original rock, the brown algae started just after which is why I thought diatoms on a bit of hair algae, now I’m not so sure as it seems to be getting worse, but it does blow off like dust rather than slime?
     
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    Looking at the picture I think it's a combination of hair algae, Cyanobacteria and diatoms, I don't think it's Dinos, it just doesn't look "snotty" enough.
     
  6. Jeni36

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    Thank you, that’s pretty much what I was thinking!
     
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    What @doug_amanda says would have been my best guestimate as well :)

    Reduce lighting, increase flow and get on top of nutrient levels and have some snails that like to eat the undesirable stuff (spiny astrea and blackfoot trochus).
     
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    whats your sand bed like?
     
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