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  1. gdfpm1247

    gdfpm1247 New Member

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    Looking for identification. This has been moderately spreading across the sand bed. I haven’t messed with it much. It looks to be a hard algae like coralline but not sure? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance![​IMG]
     
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    It looks like cyanobacteria. Not enough flow and too much nutrients in the tank. You can try a 3 day lights out period and cover the tank with a blanket so no light gets in from the front.
     
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    Tallison Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Looks to be Cyano
     
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    Big G Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Looks like cyano. Only way to be sure is to put it under a microscope.
     
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    jsker Reefing is all about the adventure Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Cyano, check and reduce your white light spectrum to 5 hours total daily;)
     
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    gdfpm1247 New Member

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    Ok thank you all very much!
     
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    gdfpm1247 New Member

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    Should I siphon it up during a water change? Or just leave it with the reduced lights?
     
  8. I3enny

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    Suck it out and watch it grow back in a few days... Leave it in and watch it spread over everything!
     
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    Phosphates and nitrates are probably high. Have you tested recently?
     
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    Is your tank young?
     
  11. Reef-junky

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    Are you running a skimmer? Light out and skimming is the way to go. You need more flow for sure.
     
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