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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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saltwater people, help!!

hey guys, so im pretty new to salt and i have a reef with a bunch of mushrooms and two small bubble coral, and i have algae problems. what cleanup crew do i need, the main is red slime so yeah, anyways.. anything would help thanks!
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 02:38 AM
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what kind and spectrum of light are you runnng? If there's to much of a red spectrum slime algae will thrive. Look into getting some hermit crabs (electric blue zebras are a good choiice), some astria snails, and maybe some kind of a cleaner crab. Also, what are your phosphate levels like? As with a planted tank, to much phosphate will cause algae probblems.
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what kind and spectrum of light are you runnng? If there's to much of a red spectrum slime algae will thrive. Look into getting some hermit crabs (electric blue zebras are a good choiice), some astria snails, and maybe some kind of a cleaner crab. Also, what are your phosphate levels like? As with a planted tank, to much phosphate will cause algae probblems.

im no saltwater pro, but too much phosphate does not really cause algae in freshwater
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im no saltwater pro, but too much phosphate does not really cause algae in freshwater
Salt water is different I think. Certain species of algae do react to PO4. Algae is a broad term.

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Not sure how your tank is set up but to reduce the phosphates and nitrates use RO water for water changes and siphon out uneaten crap and detritrus if there's any in the rocks, keep the skimmer running 24/7 too. Every so often I blast the rocks with one of those feeder tubes, you can use a turkey baster to free up trapped detritus. It's pretty amazing how much crap gets stuck in the porous rocks.

However seeing how you're new to S/W it could be from new tank syndrome if you're already doing what I suggested about the skimmer and using RO.
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