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    Is red slime algea that bad?

    Is red slime algea bad for a tank?What is bad about that kind of algea?

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    Yes yes it depeands on what kind my tank died of that where is it growing

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    What do you mean your tank died?
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    Got some bad coral from my local fish store had really bad red alge killed my hole tank but it depends on what kind you have some is ok but mine started in my rock and coral and grew and grew I didnt add anything to my tank like chemicals or anything, and stoped tanking for awhile. But again it depends on what kind

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    So it killed all you inverts....Not your fishes?
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    red slime algea is not really a algea its a bacteria sorta like brown algea is really diatoms. in either case it can be controlled
    the usual culprate for these out breakes is nitrate levels and phosphate may be others also but these two are the main ones

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    Ok.And does that algea affect anything in the aquarium...fishes...live rock etc...?
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    Cyanobacteria, or red slime algea is mostly caused, as dr-bytes points out, by no3 and po4, however it can also grow using iron or other crap in tap water. It can only kill a whole tank if it is allowed to grow unchecked. It will only affect the inhabitants when it is thick and smothering. No one should let it get that fa,r and it shouldn't if one is practiceing good reef husbandry.
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    what affect does it have on water?Does it bring ammmonia and nitrates up?Will it kill the beneficial bateria for the biological filter?
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    No, I don't THINK it will affect amm. or nitrates or kill beneficial bacteria. BUT if it covers the whole tank, maybe it will have an effect- not 100% sure. Maybe there are some strains of cyanobacteria that can do harm in small amounts- I've never encountered any---this may be a good question for R.C....
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