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Help!!!! Brown Hair Like Algae Running Riot

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by NoK3, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. NoK3

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    My reef tank is rapidly being overtaken by a brown hair/dust like algae. I’m fast running out of ideas and the tanks is quickly being overtaken. At the same time My corals are struggling given the irritation. Not sure what to do.very concerned.


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    How long has the tank been set up ?
     
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    The system is 5-6 years old. It’s a 149 litres. No Sump just a filter. Lighting Orphek Atlantik 4.

    Nitrates 0.5
    Phosphate 0.015
    Salinity 1025
    Temp 75.6
    Magnesium 1300
    Calcium 450
    Hardness 9.2

    Main inhabitants Clowns (pair), cardinal Bangai (1), Watchman Goby (1), Black Tailed Wrasse (1). CuC 6 hermit crabs. 2 Mexican Turbo Snails, Tuxedo Urchin (1). I did try and Algae Blenny but the Gobi had it before you could say boo.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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    quite a tough one
    peramaters all lookok

    obvously a well established tank

    shame about the blenny

    might be worth adding more cuc
    ever tried a sea hare ?
     
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    That may be the answer. I had thought of running just blue light but not sure that would address the issue. At the moment I’m having to brush things off but it’s irritating the ZOAS. To dislodge the thicker stuff needs the efforts of a tooth brush. I’ve never experience it this bad before. Unknown territory


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  6. doug_amanda

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    Have you ever come across Vibrant for reef aquariums?
    I’ve never used it but heard of a few people who have and swear by it

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    I’ve used vibrant once
    And it cleared cyano

    So might also be worth a try
     
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    A bottle of this stuff arrived yesterday. Dosed last night. Next dose either after 4 or 7 days. Not decided yet.


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    Hope it clears it up for you, keep us updated.:)
     
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    A lot of claims talk about benefits in 12 hrs. I can’t say that’s the case. If anything the algae is worsening. I’ve decided the second dose will be tomorrow. I’m hoping that at some point the algae (if it is indeed algae) will give in.


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