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04-07-2011, 12:01 PM
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I have had my tank up and running since January 2011 now and everything has been great. My parameters are:

PH: 8.5
Salinity: 1.026
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
Phos: 0
Temp: 73-74

When I top off or do water changes every 2 weeks I use distilled water with Red Sea Salt or I use premixed ocean water from LFS. It works great but I've been having problems with bubble algae for the last 3 weeks. I've tried the Microbe Lift products because they are "all natural" but they don't seem to work. I know you have to get at the route of the problem but I can't imagine what it could be. I noticed it happened about 3 weeks ago but I haven't added any new fish/invertebrates or live rock and nothing has died so I can't imagine what it is.

Is there any other way to get rid of this bubble algae besides what I'm doing now? (scraping it off the back of the tank and glass, sucking up the green algae out of the sand and feeding the fish less).

I also have a cleaner crew and they can't seem to stay on top of it (only on the live rock).

Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
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Tank Info:
Red Sea Max 130D
Total water vol 34g/Aquarium vol 29g/Filter vol 5g
Lighting 2x55W T5 Power Compact/10,000k55W/Actinic 55W/Blue LED 4
Circulation Pumps 2x146gph
Skimmer 100gph
Heater Wattage 150W
Mechanical filter/Biological Filtration active surface area(1,200 sq ft/gal)
Activated Carbon 7oz
Livestock Info:
1 clown~2 Pajama Cardinals~1 Chocolate Chip Star~Cleaner Crew/22lb. rock/22lb. substrate/20lb. live sand
 
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04-07-2011, 12:14 PM
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How long do you leave your lights on?
 
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04-07-2011, 02:05 PM
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How long do you leave your lights on?

They are on a timer for 12 hours a day. I have a Red Sea Max 130D and it came with the day and night lights with a timer. The manufacturer instructions say to do 12 day and 12 night so I have it set for them to go on at 8am and go out a 8pm.

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Tank Info:
Red Sea Max 130D
Total water vol 34g/Aquarium vol 29g/Filter vol 5g
Lighting 2x55W T5 Power Compact/10,000k55W/Actinic 55W/Blue LED 4
Circulation Pumps 2x146gph
Skimmer 100gph
Heater Wattage 150W
Mechanical filter/Biological Filtration active surface area(1,200 sq ft/gal)
Activated Carbon 7oz
Livestock Info:
1 clown~2 Pajama Cardinals~1 Chocolate Chip Star~Cleaner Crew/22lb. rock/22lb. substrate/20lb. live sand
 
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04-07-2011, 05:29 PM
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a little more info needed ..............

1-how often do you feed your fish
2-what kinda circulation & water movement do you have in your tank
3-those light's that you have are they new or were they bought used
4-eight hours should be fine for the daylights if you do not have any corals you can even do less until you find the (root) of your problem
6-do you have any power heads running in the tank id invest in a pair of nano power heads to get the water moving in the tank.it could even be in some live rock that you recently put into the tank , do some reading.....................

http://www.ehow.com/list_7635252_cau...ble-algae.html
http://www.ehow.com/info_7839871_cur...-aquarium.html
 
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04-07-2011, 05:39 PM
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To start try leaving your lights on for 8 hours or a ilttle less. What kind of water are you using? Dont use tap, i did that mistake once.

Also do you have a uv sterilizer?
 
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04-07-2011, 05:49 PM
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The water he is using has P04. And what are you testing the P04 with test kits are never accurate for P04
 
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04-07-2011, 06:24 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeqtPe3XukM
 
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04-07-2011, 07:04 PM
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a little more info needed ..............

1-how often do you feed your fish
2-what kinda circulation & water movement do you have in your tank
3-those light's that you have are they new or were they bought used
4-eight hours should be fine for the daylights if you do not have any corals you can even do less until you find the (root) of your problem
6-do you have any power heads running in the tank id invest in a pair of nano power heads to get the water moving in the tank.it could even be in some live rock that you recently put into the tank , do some reading.....................

http://www.ehow.com/list_7635252_cau...ble-algae.html
http://www.ehow.com/info_7839871_cur...-aquarium.html
1. I usually feed them 2x a day and only what they can consume in 5 minutes.

2. I have a brand new Red Sea Max 130D tank that I purchased in December for my son for Christmas. I set it up the first week of January.
I have 2 x 550 lph (2 x 146 gph) Circulation pumps and A skimmer that has an air flow of 120lph.

Here's the link for the specs on the tank (since I'm new I have no idea).
http://www.redseamax.com/redseamax/2...specs130D.html

3. Everything came with the tank brand new. It is a plug and play (not pray) system.

4. I have no corals, just live rock that was purchased to cycle the tank in January and some Gracilaria that was purchased in February because I have starfish and cannot have coral.

I haven't added anything new in my tank since last month so that is why I'm so confused. The bubbles seem to show up after I do a water change. I use natural sea water that I get from my LFS or distilled water and Red Sea Max salt.

I'm going to try and change the timer on my lights to run for 8 hours instead of 12 and see if that works.

Thanks for your help and the websites. I'll let you know what happens.
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Tank Info:
Red Sea Max 130D
Total water vol 34g/Aquarium vol 29g/Filter vol 5g
Lighting 2x55W T5 Power Compact/10,000k55W/Actinic 55W/Blue LED 4
Circulation Pumps 2x146gph
Skimmer 100gph
Heater Wattage 150W
Mechanical filter/Biological Filtration active surface area(1,200 sq ft/gal)
Activated Carbon 7oz
Livestock Info:
1 clown~2 Pajama Cardinals~1 Chocolate Chip Star~Cleaner Crew/22lb. rock/22lb. substrate/20lb. live sand
 
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04-07-2011, 07:09 PM
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To start try leaving your lights on for 8 hours or a ilttle less. What kind of water are you using? Dont use tap, i did that mistake once.

Also do you have a uv sterilizer?
I started with distilled water and Red Sea Max Salt but then I found natural sea water at my LFS so I started using that to do my water changes with.

I'm going to change the timer to stay on for 8 hours instead of 12 and see it that works.

Thanks for your help.
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Tank Info:
Red Sea Max 130D
Total water vol 34g/Aquarium vol 29g/Filter vol 5g
Lighting 2x55W T5 Power Compact/10,000k55W/Actinic 55W/Blue LED 4
Circulation Pumps 2x146gph
Skimmer 100gph
Heater Wattage 150W
Mechanical filter/Biological Filtration active surface area(1,200 sq ft/gal)
Activated Carbon 7oz
Livestock Info:
1 clown~2 Pajama Cardinals~1 Chocolate Chip Star~Cleaner Crew/22lb. rock/22lb. substrate/20lb. live sand
 
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04-07-2011, 08:49 PM
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Any pics of the tank and the algae..?
 

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