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Algae problem

Discussion in 'Brackish' started by aclarino, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. aclarino

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    I have a GSP set up in a 20 gallon with crushed coral. My tank is fully cycled but I keep getting brown algae on the floor and on the rocks. Any solutions?
     
  2. NoMoreToys

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    Otto cat fish.
     
  3. jpappy789

    jpappy789 Plants need meat too

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    In a brackish setup? :screwy:

    Diatoms are common in new setups. Most times they go away on their own with time. For now you can just wipe them off...
     
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    umm how brackish? i'd say a dragon goby as a sand sifter. Use nerites as a cleanup
    And something to reduce nitrates and phosphates. Chemipure elite? brackish plants, etc
     
  5. aclarino

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    its at about .05 right now since hes still really little. the only thing is that he attacks anything i put in the tank. hes even bites me and my net.
     
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    Nerites = puffer food
     
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    you could try using ro/di water to prevent the phosphates and such...good luck
     
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    is there a chemical or anything that i could pretreat the water with to remove phosphates?
     
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    oops.. didn't see the gsp part.

    but they use phosphates and silacates to grow soo.. go with algone... i guess would be the answer ?
    but diatoms are a fact of life in most tanks. maintence wise since its a 10 gallon a toothbrush to a similar scrubbing utensil (something from the dollar store will do though not metal) on the rock and tank corners, kent metal scraper for the glass and agitate the sand a little as you would a saltwater tank
     
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    Thanks. I stopped by the LFS today and found a phosphate remover by Hagen. I am going to give it a try and see if anything improves. I also bought a bigger gravel vac so I could clean the gravel better. Hopefully this will improve with the diatoms.
     

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