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Old 07-22-2013, 03:33 AM
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Default Finally got algae under control

Hi everyone, I have been in the saltwater hobby for a year and a half now. I have a 90 gallon with sump aquarium, and have both fish and corals. Last October I suddenly got an outbreak of green hair algae. The outbreak lasted 8 months. Its really weird, the stuff went away just as fast as it came. I tried everything to battle it. I invested in a RO/DI unit and that did nothing for a very long time. Someone told me that after a while phospate levels rise to a point where they get uploaded by the live rock and that it takes months of ro/di water to leech out the phospate trapped in the rocks. That might be what took so long to get rid of the algae. who knows? I guess the reason I posted this note is to tell the new people to the hobby to just wait it out. Eventually your tank will get rid of the stuff as it matures. A lot of beneficial bacteria that wasn't there when your algae first breaks out eventually settles in and your water and tank environment will be better balanced.

Not sure if anyone out there had the same experience?

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:06 AM
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Rodi is the key , ive had the same experience months of the green stuff then poof gone ! I have to say of all the suprises that was the best.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:44 AM
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Almost everybody experiences hair algae outbreaks some more than others it's one of those funny algaes that drive you batty you can fight it for weeks and months to no avail then all of a sudden one day it disappears some get it coming back others luck out. I think it was just put out There to annoy the hell out of us SW enthusiasts
My aquarium is nothing but a smorgasbord for my cats.....
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:36 AM
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Tell me about it!!! I'm currently experiencing this situation on top of having a nitrate spike! Never had that problem before with my 90 gallons. But what a gong show I am having with the 29g bio cube. I miss the tangs! Well, I will persevere like you have done and hope for a light at the end of the tunnel....
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:02 PM
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I doubt if there is any permanent solution to that.
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