Can any one help me? Have had my tank for 8 months and still cant get rid off this red agea :( Have reduced lighting time too 8-9 hours and got a phostrate removing filter sponge and still not any difference :( Any ideas? Plus my six stripped wrasse is permantly bullying my smaler clown fish,and clown just permantly hides up in the corner off the tank?? :( Any ideas? lee
right, you need to get some proper phosphate remover and you need to be replacing it on a weekly basis.
Phos remover only works for a certain amount of time before it is maxed out, so if you have high phos levels (which, given the algae i'd be suggesting you do) then the phos remover will be used up almost as soon as you put it in...
so get a decent amount, calculate the amount to put in (dont overdo it as it can swing your pH and crash the tank if you add too much at once)
but put in the correct amount, and then a week later change and add a new lot.
Do you have a phos test kit?
Secondly, get an airline and create a syphon into a bucket, then go round your tank and manually suck out as much of the algae as you can. This will have to become regular maintenance for a while, so do it once a week to get any that is growing back.
Do that, coupled with the phosphate remover changes should help tackle the problem long term.
Ok, now we have to figure out whats allowing it to take over so much...
How big is the tank? What is the stock? How and what do you feed? Do you defrost frozen foods and strain before adding? What flow do you have in the tank? How old are your tubes and what spectrum are they?
... As for the six line, they are renowned for being total bullies, take him back to the shop and let your clowns live in peace.
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hello there again Yes i have phosphate test kit and is comin up as 0.03ppm which SAYS IS GOOD and have a polyfilter to remove phosphates etc and cut back on the lighting yo 8-9 hours Also i dont use much RO water as do weekly water changes 10 percent every weekend with pre mixed salt water Is this bad? Should i be putting more RO water in? Have tried taking and sucking red algea off but you leave on small bit and it spread like wild fire :( Will get rid off wrasse but cant catch him he's too quick Am thinking off starting a new tank and starting from the begining, but have been told by shop you get this red algea in all new tanks, and they call in new tank sydrome?? And that it last 8-9 months on new tanks. Well have tank since 24/11/2009 and still got it Will by a phostrate remover and follow your instructions Oh my tank is Boyu TL550 130 litres Thinking off buying the New RED SEA MAX 250 and leave running with just live sand and live rock running for months lee
Tank is the boyu TL550 130 litres and have 2 clown fish, 1 ghost gobby,1 wrasse soon to be gone lol,1 sand sifting star fish, 1 orange star fish,4 turbo snails, 1 hermit crab, and 1 lobster! An yes use frozen mysts, defrost in glass and empty in tank slowly... Just renewed tubes last month as where 6 months old , they blue and white 24w/10000k
Wll I have tried everything so have done last resort took all live rock out and washed it all and the water change sucking remainding slime up so looks all good at mo and will suck the remainding bits out on next water change But am thinking off getting a red sea max 250 and setting it up and running on it's own with just live sand and live rock and see if I get the red slime in that one as well