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Old 02-01-2010, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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two days after I set up my new PC lighting im getting this brownish red growth on top of my rocks. Is this alga? Is it bad? What should I do about it?
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any red alagae is due to poor and low water flow. brown alagae is due to phosphates and bad lighting, and poor water flow. do a water change after brushing the alagae off the rocks with a tooth brush. and jack out your water flow. if you have a reactor put some de nitrate in there and run that for awhile. hopes it helps and i hope i gave you the correct information.
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is there anything available thats known to eat that red algea? or red bubble algea?
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i dont think theres anything that will eat red algae
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here is the brown growth

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That just your rocks going through their development cycle...it will pass...no worries...
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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anyone have a suggestion for controlling diatoms? The guy I bought my biocube from had the tank loaded with lava rock. I was experiencing diatom blooms weekly. I did my water changes regularly, even added phosguard and it wouldnt go away. Ive since got rid of the lava rock and purchased good quality fiji rock. Any tips on getting rid of this stuff? Ive grazed the sand so the filter picks it up but I dont want to rock the nitrates in my tank. Any input is appreciated....btw im a newbie so please excuse the question if theres an easy solution.
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how long have you had the biocube?
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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about 4 or 5 months...not a new setup but a transfer from an eclipse. got rid of lava rocks, have tried several water changes and added phosguard. lights on for about 7 hrs.
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