Absolute Distress! Algae is breaking my WILL!! Help please

Discussion in 'Algae (including nuisance algae and bacteria)' started by Antlrman, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. vertigo01

    vertigo01 Well-Known Member

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    I may have overlooked it. However I didn't see you mention it.
    Did you trash the sand and start with new or did you rinse and reuse what you currently had in the tank?
     

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    Antlrman Well-Known Member

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    What is the recommended product to use for No3 dosing and Po4? I currently have Stump remover here for dosing No3. But I need to know what i should use for Phosphate. Any recommendations?
     
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    Antlrman Well-Known Member

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    No I didnt trash it. Been siphoning it out ever since. We did such a large water change multiple times and was able to get the tank really clean. Including the sand bed. I had so much live rock at the time and we didnt want to remove everything and start over. My tank was surprisingly stable within 2 days after the initial crash.
     
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    Take a break! Whew! Just get a good solid clean up crew. Lots of snails...go overboard with them. Also some hermits. And get a blenny! Or two. Stop chasing everything so much. You are stressing yourself out. Get some cool critters that love nutrients. Brittle star? Serpent star? Lots of ways to deal with the issue but, IMO if you add chemicals and equipment past a certain point it will defeat the fun and enjoyment of a reef. Please, just look for natural solutions. All that were listed above will be a welcomed addition to your tank and will provide many hours of amusement and discovery
     
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    Antlrman Well-Known Member

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    Lots of clean up crew arrived!
     
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    now that is a bunch of snails !
     
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    Antlrman Well-Known Member

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    Yep massive clean up crew. Going to work on the algae now!! I'm still hoping someone can make a recommendation on the phosphate they use for dosing. Anyone?
     
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    Seachem Phosphorus
     
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    Antlrman Well-Known Member

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    What is the recommended testing result for Phosphate? So currently I am testing at 5 for Nitrate and o for Phosphate. I have added my clean up crew and they are going to work. I have purchased some Seachem Flourish Phosphorus. Where should I be testing out on Phosphate(what to raise it to)?
    Also I have ordered new mixture of various algae for the refugium. It had been so overrun with cyano and dino's that I turned off the lights and removed the refugium algae and part of the mud over a month ago (thought maybe was contaminated from the crash). The sump looks clean now so I am going to get it back up and running to compete with the DT again for algae growth.
    I also just received the microscope. Going to take some samples and try to get some pics posted of the algae to help identify.

    Thanks ALL. I am feeling hopeful again!
     
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    A good number to shoot for is .10ppm for phosphate. This will allow good algae and bacteria to "eat" as well
     
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    Thats what i was thinking and mostly what i have been reading. i just didnt know if I should increase higher than that to help with getting rid of the algae problem I have now or not.
     
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    So here are the pics from the crappy toy microscope I bought! lol. may need to upgrade. i believ this is Dino for sure looking at other pics people have posted. Everyone agree? 20171115_111256.jpg 20171115_111629.jpg 20171115_111635.jpg 20171115_113000.jpg
     
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    Try to get a video as well so we can see the swimming motion of them.

    @Beardo any clue on ID?
     
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    Question on your lighting? How old are your lights?
     
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    Antlrman Well-Known Member

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    So when trying to upload the video I get this message. Is this a site issue? Or am I stupid?
    Lights are Gen 3 Radion (x3) all 1 yr old. With 60" T5 (x4) supplemental lighting
     
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    So I have a 19 sec video but the site wont let me upload. It is in MP4 format. But I keep getting error that the file has wrong extension?
     
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    Ostreopsis, the sesame seed shape gives it away.
    Also possible there is a second species as well. The first pic especially, shows some smaller ones. Not enough resolution to tell for sure though.
     
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    Anyone know what this message means? trying to upload video 20171115_122201.jpg
     
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    Ok, well so now what? Just stay the course for now right? Get my phosphates up and feed less right. Go that, and added my clean up crew. Getting my Fuge going again.
    Seems that everyone fears this algae type. Anything else I should be doing? I see that rtparty recommended raising my nitrates a little higher and adding UV Sterilizer.
     
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