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    sudden algea bloom?

    I have recently noticed that the rock work in my tank is really starting to show signs of green algea. I can't tell at this point if its hair algea?

    My water parameters have not changed much over the last few months. The only thing i have changed is the increase of my lighting PC 96w 10k from 8 to 12 hours. could this be causing the bloom?

    Phopate -.25
    Nitrate .5
    Ammonia .1 - .3

    temp 79F

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    IMO ... YES
    Rob

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    I have cut back the lighting to 8hrs. should i keep the lights out for a couple days? or just let my clean up crew go to work?
    TANK -35 Gallon with 15 gallon sump/fuge
    LIGHTS - T5HO 36" 165 total watts
    FLOW - Mag 7, fluval 304, 201 powerhead
    OTHER - seaclone 100 skimmer, RO/DI water

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    I would wait a few days to if not a week to see what develops. Make too many changes at the same time and you will not be able to figure which change did what.
    Rob

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    You should be controlling your phosphates- since you are fish only you can pretty much use any phosphate remover you want- but it might be a good idea to start. A good clean up crew will help as well.
    Matt.

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    my phospahates are the lowest that they have been. Do you think that they are still high? I did a 5gallon water change and added some phospates sponge to my fluval.

    I only have 2 fish my 35 gallon. a small yellow tank. Ans a small skunk clown.

    I have at least 15 snails
    15 hermits
    1 cleaner shrimp
    1 emerald crab
    mushroom's
    zoo's
    polyp's

    I also have a seaclone skimmer 100.
    A 15 gallon sump/ref with mangroves and grape algea

    I have a tank sitter for a week. When i got back i noticed that the tank was starting to show green. I thought maybe the sitter over feed. But the levels seem to be normal for my tank.
    TANK -35 Gallon with 15 gallon sump/fuge
    LIGHTS - T5HO 36" 165 total watts
    FLOW - Mag 7, fluval 304, 201 powerhead
    OTHER - seaclone 100 skimmer, RO/DI water

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    You might not be able to measure your phosphate because the algea is eating it all as fast as it is beeing produced.

    -yvest

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