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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2005, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Green sand

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Over the past few days the sand at the front of the tank has started to go green. I get my hand in there and mix it up but by the same time the next day it's green again. The tank is just starting to stabilise and beating algae.

Anyone know what is the best way to beat this? Maybe skimming a couple of mm off instead of mixing it up a bit?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2005, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2005, 11:50 PM
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Might be blue green algae, I think I have some in my sand also.
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Is there any strong ambient light (like sunlight) hitting that portion of the tank? I had a corner of my 125g tank that was getting some morning sun hitting a corner of the tank. This was the only area where I had any algae buildup below the gravel surface. I ended up running a strip of black tape around the bottom of the tank and trimmed it to follow the contour of the gravel. This both cleared up the sub-surface algae and also hides from view the muck that forms in the gravel bed.

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I ended up running a strip of black tape around the bottom of the tank and trimmed it to follow the contour of the gravel. This both cleared up the sub-surface algae and also hides from view the muck that forms in the gravel bed.
I like the idea of black tape as a trim line. My eco-complete looks pretty nasty the first 1/2" deep because of some BGA. I am beating it at the surface more or less, but some still remains.

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That sounds exactly like the blue green algae outbreak I had once. The gravel got all covered with a slimy film that was easy to remove but always came back the next day.

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