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    Red Slime Algae, What to do ?

    Hi guys,
    I have a little problem I think, My 15 gallons nano tank with 2 fluorescent light 1 actinic and 1 ultra white (Actinic preaty old) has alot of red slime algae forming everywere, the sand in front is realy full, The curent is realy good and I have alot of cleaner, COuld it be my old actinic ??? :help:

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    No it's a nutrient issue. No amount of light in any frequency will cause cyano to grow if there's no nutrients to feed it.

    Scoop it off the sand, keep your chemistry up & it will go away.

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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    Arrow ...

    So,
    If I Change my old actinic, would it help ?
    Or should I Just try one of those Anti-Red Liquid stuff ?

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    It's not likely too, but for good maintainence you should replace your lamps at least annually.

    Dosing chemicals to treat cyano is a bad habit to get into. You haven't fixed the problem, you've only removed the symptom. I personally don't recommend it, but others have had success with it.

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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    Yeah your right i'll just try to replace my actinic and maybe add another 20-30 watt to my tank maybe it will help.
    Thanks for your info.

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    I don't think you understood what Kruger said. The symptom of your problem is the algea. The problem itself is too many disolved organics in your water. No amount of lighting changes is going to solve this problem. LESS FEEDING AND MORE WATER CHANGES, are the keys to success. Just using red slime remmover and a lighting change guarentees that bthis will occur again.
    Jason

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    You need to change bulbs annually but the key to cyano is cut down on the problem (over feeding) and to do water changes. I just had that battle and the more frequent water changes solved the issue. Get that turkey baster to blast it off the rocks.

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    I have had a lot of cyano in my system for months. The odd thing is that it's all concentrated in my sump (2x96w CF). Absolutely not a trace in my show tank :confused-

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    maybe a flow issue?

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    I don't know but I don't think so the red slime is even growing right in front of the powerhead output... lol it is everywhere.

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