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G'day my name is Peter,  thank you for having me. Originally from Cambridge I now live in sleepy Suffolk. I've not had a tank for over a decade and dived straight back in with marines. I've started small with a Juwel Rio 240 which has been running 6 months: 4 green chromis, 1 emerald crab, 1 cleaner wrasse, 3 turbo's, 3 trochus, 3 nassarius, 3 astraea, 3 sand tiger conch.........can you tell they have a deal at my local shop ; ) and 6 assorted hermits.

Because I set it up in the winter I didn't notice that it would get quite a bit of natural light from an angle which has caused a hair algae problem. All parameters are in check with phosphates and nitrates well managed due to good filtration and reactors, as well as regular water changes and careful feeding. I manually remove it a few times per week, promote coralline growth, and have plenty of liverock hitchhikers, as well as copepods and lots of amphipods all giving me a hand.  As a last resort I tried the 48 hour blackout which worked temporarily but as soon as you turn the lights on the algae goes sexual.

For pay day this month I am looking to get a Chalk Goby for my DSB and a Foxface to help with the algae clearance. Any other suggestions?

I also have a Newa More 30R which is cycling at the moment and well out of the way of the nearest window.



Last Edit: Apr 20, 2019 4:00:40 pm by DUSTYBOY272

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Hi @DUSTYBOY272 welcome to ReefBase

That doesn't look too bad,  what are the numbers for phosphate and nitrate?

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Thank you. PO4 reads 0.02 using Easy-Life. Nitrate reads zero but this is using a Colombo quick test so I need to purchase a more accurate one. I have no room for a sump so am going to get a hang on refugium.
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2019 12:23:08 am by DUSTYBOY272

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Possibly a slly question but is there any way you can cut down on light from the window?  I have to keep a curtain closed most of the time because I get a beam of light on the tank.

The other thing is to manually some every day until your CUC can get on top of it. Pretty tedious but should do the job in time.

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I’m going to change the blinds for black out curtains...there were literally algae lines from the blind slats on the tank glass. Took advice from the members on here and changed the way I feed. Plus doubling my CUC.


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Reply #5

As there's no coral, I'd be tempted to do a 3 day blackout to kill the algae, and then several massive water changes (50-80%) to get rid of all the nutrients that would be released. Then maintain from there.
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Will get to work on that. Thank you


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