Mid-Columbia Saltwater Aquarium Club

Tank Talk => Big Trouble In Little Ocean => Topic started by: Ed on May 15, 2011, 11:04:44 AM

Title: Algae control...
Post by: Ed on May 15, 2011, 11:04:44 AM

What are ways to control the growth of nuisance algae?

Keep your aquarium at a cool temperature between 76-77
Light-cycle should not exceed 9 hours of daylight or 12 hours of actinic lighting
Phosphates in the water you use for topping off your aquarium, or for mixing new saltwater can cause algae blooms.
- The most effective way to eliminate phosphates is to use a reverse osmosis (RO) water filter to remove phosphates and other pollutants from your water supply.
- You can also use a phosphate removers- GFO or PO4x4, or a other type of filter media, to help absorb phosphates out of the aquarium water.
Add an ultraviolet (UV) sterilizer to your aquarium system.
Add a clean-up crew to establish a natural balance.
- A small army of snails, blennies, tangs, will keep your aquarium looking its best, and save you work.
Title: Re: Algae control...
Post by: jimbo on May 23, 2011, 11:14:24 AM
Hi guys

I have found that we tend to feed a little on the heavy side, fish are great beggers so watch the amount, lots of authurs say small amounts a couple of times a day rather than one large feeding. Also a large refugium with a healthy growth of calerpa helps, the bigger the better.