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Posted By belinda73130 2/3/2005 3:49:32 PM
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belinda73130
 Posted 2/3/2005 3:49:32 PM
 

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Hi for the past 4 months I assumed that I had red algae covering rocks and glass. But a local pet store told me that it is bacteria not algae I was wondering when I brought the algae remover it di not work. She told me there was nothing that could be done to remove this except but I have been doing and that is scapping it off with brushes is this correct.
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Have both your tank and water source tested for silicates, phosphates, and nitrates. If found go to RO/DI water, which is availible from most food stores as a refill. You may want to set up your own RO/DI at a later date. You can treat the immediate problem with Boyd Enterprises, Inc CHEMI-CLEAN. You will need to follow the instruction exactly as they appear on the package. This is turning off the Skimmer, ozonizer, UV, and remove the carbon. A 20% water change is done at the end of treatment. I do another 20% a couple days later. I've had outbreaks after using Seachem Renew, don't know if this caused it, just is strange that I had problems after using this.

90Overflow, wet dry, home made skimmer; self cleaning, w/800 rio. Two return pumps, one off at night. 384W PC. Reverse flow under/over gravel filter. Fish, LR, some corals. Aquarium has over head matching cabinet.
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Cyanobacteria or Red slime algae. Chemi-Clean will usually do the trick, but water quality must be kept high to prevent its return. Keep nutrients to a minimum with water changes, and watch how much you feed.

16yrs FW, 10yrs SW. It changes from time to time, but as of 9/26/07 - 125 FW Oscar/Pleco, 55 Community FOWLR/30 gal. sump, 40 QT, 20 Planted FW, Aquarium maintenance side business.
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thanks for the info. But I have had problem with the water having ammonia spike when i do frequent water changes
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You need to test for Nitrite in your fresh water source, you can do a rough test with fasTesT. Throughly rinse the fixture with the water to be tested. Fill to line. Add one test chemical packet into sample, cap and shake for one minute, check against color chip after 10 minutes. This will give you low range 0.2 thru 1.0. For high range 2 thru 10 you will need distilled water. Rinse fixture in distilled water. Using dropper thoughly rinse dropper from your water source add 0.5 millilters of fresh water, from your source. Fill with distilled water to line. Add one test packet, shake for one minute, after 10 minutes check against color chip. Notice: High Nitrites can harm, and kill infants, people in poor health, people who take acid blockers IE Pepcid AC. Also can harm pets. You should check with your county to see if they can test your water.

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I have a water system that filters the water on my sink already this removes ammonia doesnt it
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It may or may not. As 90 suggested, test your tap water (The water after your filter). Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and phosphate can all lead to algae blooms.

A RO/DI unit for ultra pure water may be your only choice if these compounds are present. Be sure to change the filters on your home filter system as needed. Home filters are better than nothing, but they are no compasion to what a RO/DI can do for you.


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this is brand new unit but i will check the water again after i filter it
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that is why I stopped cleaning it often. I would only clean it once a month and only ten percent out of my 125 g and 55 gal and I had not had any problems in about 6 months or so. That is why I figured I had killed the bacteria again by cleaning it too much. thanks
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When you do a water change, are you cleaning filter media in fresh water? That would kill off nitrifying bacteria resulting in an ammonia spike as you mentioned. The tank would have to cycle again each time.

If that is the case, only rinse media in old tank water. A water change by itself will not harm bacteria unless you are mixing up your saltwater without dechlorinating it first.


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