Gregory's biocube 32

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Hello all my fellow reefers, I made a post about my startup not too long ago. I started my tank on July 14th of this year I haven't had many issues until now. I am having a problem with hair algae and an orangey-brown tint that covers my sandbed. I assume it is from the light, I am currently using the stock light that comes with the cube any suggestions to help fight off these algae attacks? I do a 10 gal water change once a month. I have a product from the red sea called "algae management" I've done two dose's of 2 ml so far 24 hours apart from each other.

I do have a hydra 32 HD for my tank I'm just waiting to build a plexiglass lid so my fire goby doesn't jump out. I am not using a protein skimmer at the moment I do have a costume one that I've made using a Hydor 65 but I am waiting to remove the lid before adding this to the tank

salinty - 1.024
ph- 7.82
temp- 25 C
calcium - 200 ppm
phosphates - 27 ppb
alkility- 32 ppm

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Bio cube 32 stand
Bio cube 32 tank
Intank media basket with pourest rock
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A fire goby - fish
1 Hammer - lps coral
1 bubble tip - anemone
2 Kenya tree - soft coral
1 pulsing xenia - soft coral
1 rasta zoa frag
1 candy cane - lps coral
 
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Pics under white lights would be helpful but sounds like orange stuff may be diatoms and hair algae, either too much lights or lights on long.
Reduce white light intensity and is this tank by chance at or near a window?
 
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Pics under white lights would be helpful but sounds like orange stuff may be diatoms and hair algae, either too much lights or lights on long.
Reduce white light intensity and is this tank by chance at or near a window?
ill add a picture in the morning under the white light! and yes it is just below a window but I keep the blinds closed all day. do you have any suggestions on how long I should run the lights for? I cant tone them down as they're the stock lights in the hood of the tank. I will be using my hydra 32's soon in which ill be able to tone down the intensity
 

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10 hrs per day and you’d be surprised at the power of UV even with binds or shades closed,.
May be your main culprit
Place black construction paper on the side that faces window
You may be mighty surprised at the results thereafter
 

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Hey buddy. I have a biocube 32 myself and have had to battle green hair algae in the past. This is what I use and have had great success. Please note, follow the directions to the letter. You can grab this stuff off Amazon.
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10 hrs per day and you’d be surprised at the power of UV even with binds or shades closed,.
May be your main culprit
Place black construction paper on the side that faces window
You may be mighty surprised at the results thereafter
okay ill most definitely cover the window with some back paper thank you again!
 
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Hey buddy. I have a biocube 32 myself and have had to battle green hair algae in the past. This is what I use and have had great success. Please note, follow the directions to the letter. You can grab this stuff off Amazon.
PXL_20210908_034644492.jpg
thank you for the tips I don't know if I can get that product in Canada though they've put a bunch of restrictions on reef supplies here... did you ever encounter diatoms in your bio cube?
 

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ill look into it, thank you for the tips! did you ever encounter diatoms in your bio cube?
Yea when my tank was going through the "ugly stage." After it matured the diatoms never came back.
 

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It's phosphates in the rocks and trapped in the sand either completely clean the sand or better yet delete it completely as I did and run a phosphate remover and step up you water changes to remove it from the rocks I have the stock lights also and all lights are at full power even moon for 10 hours a day
 
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Sry but I get sick of people saying it's the lights it is not just the lights the window I agree with completely also any led lights in the room don't help either as in ceiling lights but it's not just the lights and the stick lights are perfect
 

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