Algae Problem

cjosephson66

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Hey I have the same system set up ( Red Sea 34d) . It's been running for 2 years now. I went through something similar when I first set it up. I can say with some experience that it is/was most likely the lights being on for 12 hours a day. I can tell you that is way too much especially for not having an coral. I have all types in my tank flourishing and I keep on the lights for just under 8 hours. You may want to do less time considering you don't have any corals set up. I say try running the lights 7 hours a day for a few days and see what happens. Good luck ! ~Andrew
I switched it to 8 for now and will gradually change to 5 over the next month.

Thanks.
 

saltwaterinbrooklyn

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try bringing the lighting time down! if there is nowone home to see it why have it one, also bring feeding time back to 1 feeding a day these things will def help you out, i had the same issue when i started in october.
 

cjosephson66

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hey glad to see the tank doing better good luck with it .
Thank you so much. It's really good to know that you have a community to turn to when you're in trouble because it seems that it's a hit or miss when I go to the LFS. I guess it depends on who you get when you go there.

But I want to thank everyone for their help.
 

cjosephson66

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Hey I have the same system set up ( Red Sea 34d) . It's been running for 2 years now. I went through something similar when I first set it up. I can say with some experience that it is/was most likely the lights being on for 12 hours a day. I can tell you that is way too much especially for not having an coral. I have all types in my tank flourishing and I keep on the lights for just under 8 hours. You may want to do less time considering you don't have any corals set up. I say try running the lights 7 hours a day for a few days and see what happens. Good luck ! ~Andrew
I have the lights set to go on for 7 hours now. But ever since I sucked up the algae and did 2 water changes I noticed my Nitirite is at 0.1 now. My dwarf flame angel freaked out and scratched his eye on a rock so now he has popeye. I just did another 5g water change and added the maracyn two according to mfg. directions but I can't do another water change until the medicine has been in his system.

My question is, should I wait the 5 days for the medicine and then do another water change? The other fish are fine and eating as normal so I know it's not affecting them, yet. . .

I appreciate your help because I am totally freaking out over this disaster.
 

dherrera83

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I think u should be fine. Leaving the lights on less would work for the algae problem. As for the fish issue I'm not sure since I have yet to experience that issue.

I'm sure someone on here can answer that.
 

cjosephson66

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I think u should be fine. Leaving the lights on less would work for the algae problem. As for the fish issue I'm not sure since I have yet to experience that issue.

I'm sure someone on here can answer that.
Thanks. Leaving the lights on for 7 hours seems to be doing wonders on the algae. It's been 2 days and no more outbreaks. I have also been feeding less so that's been a plus too. After the medicine is done I'm going to do a larger water change of 40% to remove any traces of nitrite left from the medication so that should help (I hope).

Thanks again for all of your help.
 

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