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post #11 of 23 Old 07-24-2006, 12:58 PM
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Hi Michael,
The same thing happened to me... I thought it was red algae, but it was brown algae. If it is a new tank (under 1 month) it is expected to grow a certain amt of brown algae. This is normal and will eventually be replaced with green algae.

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post #12 of 23 Old 07-31-2006, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hi TikiFish,

I let it go, thinking it was brown algea, but now it appears to be creeping up the sides of the tank and it does look greasy. It's all over everything- sand, ornaments, filter, etc... I hope I don't have to take out everything and wash it off

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Hi Michael,
The same thing happened to me... I thought it was red algae, but it was brown algae. If it is a new tank (under 1 month) it is expected to grow a certain amt of brown algae. This is normal and will eventually be replaced with green algae.

Good luck!
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post #13 of 23 Old 07-31-2006, 12:56 PM
Michael, test your water for nitrates and phosphates those are the 2 leading causes for algea, for good water you should have less then .01ppm for phosphates and the lowest possible for nitrates. For the nitrates when it starts to go above 20ppm thats when The problems with algea. I have had that problem before and what I did was water changes every week till I got the levels where they should be. You don't want to use water that contains phosphates or nitrates either or you will be putting them back in. Then I would clean off the algea, you won't be able to get all of it. I left a little bit of it and what happens is once all the nutrients that the algea lives of is gone its replaced with another one. It will take a few weeks and it can get a little fustrating to.
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post #14 of 23 Old 08-01-2006, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, usmc121581. Yesterday I went out and bought t wo types of tank cleaners - a pad attached to a rod that you scrub the sides with, and a magnetic device that you attach to each side of the tank and then move it over the problem areas to scrub. I also took the fake coral ornaments out of the tank and ran them under tap water. The tank looks much better! I had the water tested very recently and was told that all of my levels were fine except for one which was a little high, but I will have it tested again soon and change the water as necessary.

Are any types of algea "good"? That is, is green algea, for instance, the sign of a healthy tank? Or are they all indicative of problems? If it's good, how does one "get" it?

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Michael, test your water for nitrates and phosphates those are the 2 leading causes for algea, for good water you should have less then .01ppm for phosphates and the lowest possible for nitrates. For the nitrates when it starts to go above 20ppm thats when The problems with algea. I have had that problem before and what I did was water changes every week till I got the levels where they should be. You don't want to use water that contains phosphates or nitrates either or you will be putting them back in. Then I would clean off the algea, you won't be able to get all of it. I left a little bit of it and what happens is once all the nutrients that the algea lives of is gone its replaced with another one. It will take a few weeks and it can get a little fustrating to.
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post #15 of 23 Old 08-01-2006, 08:52 AM
What I did was as I scrapped the tank glass of algea I tried to suck as much as possiable, did the daily water change (if your test come up High) I also bought a UV sterlizer for the parasites and algea that's loose in the water. A UV Sterilizer (UltraViolet) is used to cleanse the water by killing bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.(In case you didn't know)
It just takes time and patients. Green algea is good, now how you get it I could never find out. If you recently changed the lighting system, that will cause an algea outbreak to. If you don't mind How big is your tank, what kind of lights do you have and how long has it been set up for.
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post #16 of 23 Old 08-01-2006, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, that's what I did - scraped the sides of the tank with the device the pet store sold me. Worked like a charm, though I wasn't able to clean the filter or heater with it.

I haven't heard of a UV sterilizer. Is that a good thing to have? Can it harm the fish?

The tank is 55 gallons. We've had it since July 4th. The light is whatever kind of light came with it... I assume it is a regular flourescent bulb.

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What I did was as I scrapped the tank glass of algea I tried to suck as much as possiable, did the daily water change (if your test come up High) I also bought a UV sterlizer for the parasites and algea that's loose in the water. A UV Sterilizer (UltraViolet) is used to cleanse the water by killing bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.(In case you didn't know)
It just takes time and patients. Green algea is good, now how you get it I could never find out. If you recently changed the lighting system, that will cause an algea outbreak to. If you don't mind How big is your tank, what kind of lights do you have and how long has it been set up for.
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post #17 of 23 Old 08-01-2006, 09:39 AM
Hi, a UV sterilizer I think is the next best thing to a protein skimmer. What is going on with the algea is that it's a new tank so it will get algea build up. But just keep up the cleaning and the testing(so that you can keep an eye on the nutrient build up) and eventually you will start to see a little bit green algea.
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post #18 of 23 Old 08-01-2006, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh, okay, so if I have a protein skimmer I don't need a UV sterilizer? We have a protein skimmer, we just haven't put it in yet because we weren't sure the cord should be submersed, but somebody posted here saying it should be and it makes sense. I'm going to put the protein skimmer in this weekend.

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Hi, a UV sterilizer I think is the next best thing to a protein skimmer. What is going on with the algea is that it's a new tank so it will get algea build up. But just keep up the cleaning and the testing(so that you can keep an eye on the nutrient build up) and eventually you will start to see a little bit green algea.
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post #19 of 23 Old 08-01-2006, 10:05 AM
See what The protien skimmer does is take all the organic matter out the water before it can be broken down further, and the UV sterilizer does is burn the genic structure of bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms so they can not reproduce. It's good to use the UV when you see sign's of sickness or disease. You will start to see inprovements with a protein skimmer.
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post #20 of 23 Old 08-22-2006, 05:25 PM
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Hello,
I am new like Michael and after reading the posts in this thread, I feel like I am in the right forum.

I am new like Mike. I just also bought a 46 GL tank. I currently have a Fluval 304 filter, a heater, an air pump. I would like to set up one like Mikes.

After reading this thread, I have several questions:
1. What is UV fertilizer? Is it a liquid substance? Or is it a light bulb?
2. Is it ok to have UV fertilizer and protein skimmer at once?

I thank you for all your help. This forum is good to learn from. Hope to hear from you soon.
THanks.
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