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Old July 15th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default How Do I Get Rid of Red Algae in My New Reef Tank?

I set up my 29 gallon reef tank on June 13. It has 6 coral frags and a tiny Dusky Triggerfish who so far is reef safe and eats brine shrimp. It was spotless until we went through the recent cloudy spell: now I have a mat of red algae gorwing on about 1/4 of the gravel. There are also a few spots of green algae on the glass. The tank gets a few hours of direct sunlight in the early AM, and a 20 inch Reef Sun 50/50 tube and a 20 inch Home Depot plain daylight tube on it. It's right next to all my indoor plants in the kitchen window which grow really well.

The red algae seems to be emanating from one of the coral frags. The tank is filtered by a AquaClear 70 filled with a lot of Purigen and is otherwise very clean and clear.
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