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    Unhappy red slime algae

    my crushed coral and live rock is becoming covered in red slime algae. How do i get rid of this stuff?

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    Determine what the problem is...

    Do you have enough flow?
    Are you overfeeding and thus introducing a high level of phosphates?
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    well...flow is not a problem. i have a 35g wtih an emp 400, bakpak 2r skimmer and a power head in the corner, so there is tons of current, you can see it.

    as for the phosphates, that was my guess, so i just added some seachem phosguard to one of the baskets in the emp filter.

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    You might want try a more natural way then adding chemicals and get snails or crabs to do the job, if you dont already have those... check out the shopping area on this site under live goods, there is a variety of snails & crabs.

    I fixed my multiple algea problems with snails and crabs only.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
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    well...i have 5 blue hermits in there and prob about 6 snails... maybe i could add more of those too.

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    would an emerald crab help?

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    are you using an RO unit? If you are using city water you could be fight against yourself. Keep doing water changes, in the 10-15 gallons per week. that might help ( if your using RO water)

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    ya....city water. i have to look into an RO unit. but would a emerald be benificial?

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    an emerald crab won't help with the red slime, they are better known for eating bubble algea.
    Check your nitrates as well, elevated no3 levels are also related to red slime.
    Definitely get yourself an R.O. unit and in the mean time do some water changes with bottled water from the supermarket or health food store NO MORE TAP WATER- BAD BAD BAD TAP WATER
    Kalkwasser additions will also help with phosphates, but it is my experiance that red slime is more related to nitrates. You could consider a deep sand bed or plenum to help control nitrates naturally.
    If your current set up is less than a year old, you could just be going through good ol' new tank syndrome.
    Just remember though, to have good water IN you tank, you have to be adding good water TO your tank.
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    thanks!

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