bad algae problem - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 10-16-2007, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
bad algae problem

i have just recently got a saltwater aquarium about 5 months ago. it is a 55 gallon tank with protein skimmer and uv sterilizer. i always have dark green, brown and red algae growing on my live sand. i don't know how to get rid of this problem. I have tried vacuuming it up but it comes back a day later.
juggy is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 10-21-2007, 08:32 PM
New Member
 
Most newer tanks go thru some kind of algae phase.Are u using R/O water?Overfeeding?Its a ruff process if it gets a good foothold..Just do your waterchanges,keep vacuumin' it out and itll go away in time may take tweakin your feedings also.
cat 1 is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 10-22-2007, 01:38 PM
Member
 
bettababy's Avatar
 
Feeding issues, circulation issues, filtration issues... all causes of "algae problems" such as you describe. While true that all new tanks will go through phases of algae growth, what you are describing sounds more like a problem instead of natural growth.

I agree with continuing the water changes, but it may also take adjusting the water flow, adding a power head or even just changing the direction of the power head, and also may take adding some filtration.

What type of filtration are you currently using? What animals and how many are in the tank? What is your water temp? water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, and calcium? What kind of substrate is on the bottom of the tank, sand or crushed coral? What foods are you feeding and how much, how often? How much water are you changing during your water changes, and how often are you doing this? Is there a buildup on the water's surface? How often do you empty your skimmer cup?

We'll help all we can, but need answers to these questions first...

Dawn Moneyhan
Aquatics Specialist/Nutritionist
Juneau, WI
bettababy is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 11-25-2007, 03:03 PM
I AGREE WITH BETTA BABY, ALSO YOU MUST CHECK YOSUR NITRATES, SILICATES AND PHOSPHATES, YOU MUST LIMIT THEM, SOMETIMES LIVE ROCK AND SAND LEACHES THOSE NUTRIENTS BACK TO THE WATER. WRONG LIGHTS ALSO HELPS THE ALGA TO THRIVE. NEVERTHELESS, ALGAE WILL BE PRESENT IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER IN A TANK, BUT WE AS AQUARISTS NEED TO CONTROL IT. IF YOU NEED EXTRA HELP, YOU MIGHT USE SOME GRANULAR FERRIC OXIDE (PHOSPHATE ADSORBER) SUCH AS ROWA PHOS SOR SOMETHING SIMILAR, WHENEVER USING THIS PRODUCTS, YOU NEED TO MONITOR THE ALKALINITY QUITE OFTEN, USE IT IN MODERATE QUANTITIES. BUT STHE BEST THING TO DO IS FIND OUT WHAT IT IS GETTIANG OUT OF CONTROL. HOPE THIS HELPS AND SALUDOS DESDE MEXICO.
jesus villaseņo is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 11-27-2007, 05:31 PM
Phosphates are a true algae fertilizer. Do you know what your readings are? Phos can be created from animal waste, death, or over feeding. As stated above phos removers can help significantly. Do you know your MG levels? Magnesium is very low in most salt mixes and out of whack MG levels have been proven to hasten algae growth. This has been demonstrated by those of us that swear by 2 part solutions like B-Ionic. You don't tell us the size of the tank and how much flow you have through it. Stagnant water really helps algae grow. What type of lighting, how long is it on, how old are the bulbs, what are the spectrums?
caferacermike is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 11-29-2007, 02:34 PM
THERE YOU ARE JUGGY, NOW WE NEED YOUR ANSWERS.
jesus villaseņo is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 12-15-2007, 05:12 PM
Member
 
SeaSerpant's Avatar
 
Don't know?

55 Gallon Aquarium
1 Black Kuhli Loach
3 Black Skirt Tetras
4 Angelfish (3 Marble, 1 Gold)
1 Glass Fish
2 Blue Sunset Gourami
3 African Dwarf Frog
SeaSerpant is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Algae Problem RebF Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 4 03-23-2010 11:00 AM
an algae problem lilouche Beginner Planted Aquarium 8 04-25-2009 08:32 PM
algae problem! RLHam3 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 9 01-23-2009 12:54 PM
Algae Problem andulrich4all Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 26 11-29-2008 11:51 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome