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Good ways to get algea out of my sandbed?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by champ23, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. champ23

    champ23 Inactive User

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    I have this darker brown algae growing on my sandbed, i got some snails to clean the back of my tank and the glass, even though its not that bad yet, but my sandbed got aglae covered 2 days.  I got a horseshoe crab, but he's just torn up my sandbed, any suggestions? I've heard sand sifting gobies and snails...
  2. REEFer Madness

    REEFer Madness Inactive User

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    what you have is detrious. (sp)  It's common for new tanks, I still have some myself.  This is where pods work well.  I know you can buy some, but I've never talked to anyone about it.
  3. glaspie69

    glaspie69 Experienced Reefkeeper

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    What you have is the beginnings of cynobacteria, try increasing the flow making sure the temp stays closer to 76 and watch your water parameters
  4. phishcrazee Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Yeah, sounds like either diatoms or the start of cyanobacteria.......... diatoms are a nice brown color, the cyano will start to make almost a film of slimey looking redish-brown gunk over your sand bed where the flow is low. Like Glaspie said make sure your parameters are good and increase flow. If it's diatoms, which is common in a new tank, it will disappear as the tank stabilizes and parameters get to be where they should be.
  5. Lee

    Lee Experienced Reefkeeper

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    syphoning it will remove it, but it will probably just come back if you dont take care of the source. Have you been using RO/DI water?
  6. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    Every new tank will go through this cycle. If you have good flow and good water parameters it will go over away with time. Using RODI water with 0 TDS is definitely gonna help keep algae blooms at bay.

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