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kdub2332
09/30/2009, 08:42 PM
i have this red color algae that keeps covering my rick i use a turkey baster to blow it off and try to suck it up but everyday its back, any ideas?? im using phoslock

t00lfan
09/30/2009, 08:44 PM
don't blow it off all that will do is spread it. I had a battle with it and I had to syphon with toothbrush attached to it.

kdub2332
09/30/2009, 09:23 PM
i usually siphon most of it out but it always is coming back is there something else i can do besides that?

PRDubois
10/01/2009, 12:34 AM
Water:
What are your Prams?
Are you using RODI or Tap water. (Need to use RODI)
If using RODI, Are you making yourself or buying? ( If Buying test it)(Get your own unit)

Lights:
Are lights on a timer?
Main lights should be on for no more then 8 hours.
Cut lights back to 4 hours a day for two weeks.
Then bring up to 6 hours for a week then back to 8

Window:
Is there a window near the tank where it is getting any direct sunlight?
Direct sunlight will cause these issues. Get a shade, blinds or Curtain.

Are you running a Skimmer?
If so, Skim wetter. If not, buy one

Are you using a sump? does it have any Cheato?

robot2222
10/01/2009, 05:19 AM
i was just reading another thread . there is a product called red slime remover . they said it works great.

lordofthereef
10/01/2009, 05:48 AM
how much flow do you have. Slime algaes are usually a product of poor flow.

iceman79
10/01/2009, 09:34 AM
+1 get some more flow going watch overfeeding also

w16227
10/01/2009, 10:40 AM
Water:
What are your Prams?
Are you using RODI or Tap water. (Need to use RODI)
If using RODI, Are you making yourself or buying? ( If Buying test it)(Get your own unit)

Lights:
Are lights on a timer?
Main lights should be on for no more then 8 hours.
Cut lights back to 4 hours a day for two weeks.
Then bring up to 6 hours for a week then back to 8

Window:
Is there a window near the tank where it is getting any direct sunlight?
Direct sunlight will cause these issues. Get a shade, blinds or Curtain.

Are you running a Skimmer?
If so, Skim wetter. If not, buy one

Are you using a sump? does it have any Cheato?



All this PLUS - post your latest water tests.


Probably not algea - buy cyanobacteria.


Red slime remover may work as a short term fix - but it can be a hazard to your tank. Cyano is a bacteria, red slime remover kills bacterial. Sounds good - but then what about all the beneficial bacteria in the tank?

Plus- the red slime medication is only a band aid fix. The root cause will still be there. Added flow and improved nutrient export are the long term cures.

iceman79
10/01/2009, 11:15 AM
i had red slime for awhile i bumped my flow up its now 2000 GPH in a 72 gallon bow front i have not seen any red slime since i also cut back feeding my tank once a day . the more flow the better its easy to add flow just getting it in the right direction is the hard part

Seventy
10/01/2009, 11:35 AM
I had a problem with cyano. I increased flow and it went away, then a powerhead broke, and it came back, so now it is increased again.

+1 on the increased flow. :)

fishstick3
10/01/2009, 09:44 PM
I now I always the one saying red slime remover.I used it worked but yes i second the having to fix the underlying problem, so for me i had to stop overfeeding( they are just so cute it is hard for me not to feed all of the time:) but it worked for me and everything is fine

kdub2332
10/04/2009, 06:24 PM
thanks guys for all the responds im gonna cut my lighting back alot cuz i have them on like for 10 hours right now and im gonna add another powerhead and maybe try to cut some of the feeding down to

lloydkeller
10/04/2009, 06:39 PM
red slime remover and more water flow I get it at least one a year

klaman13
10/05/2009, 02:59 PM
Your on the right track by cutting back on your lighting and getting better waterflow. Any dead spots will start some algae growth. You can also do water changes along with these steps to get your parameters where they need to be. Also you can look into adding to your cleanup crew for your tank.

I bought a tank that had the same problem with it. I did these steps and within a few weeks, every bit of it was gone. The guy I bought it from said he had been trying for a couple of months to get rid of it with that red slim remover without any luck. It was actually getting worse. So these few steps do work. Just don't expect it to happen overnight.