red slime algae

Discussion in 'Tank Talk' started by Bepe, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. Bepe

    Bepe Pygmy Octopus Registered

    Nov 21, 2004
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    I have a huge outbreak of red slime algae in my 50 gal tank with a baby (one month old) bimac. The tank is plumbed into a 90 gal reef and 30 gal sump. The reef tank does not have any red algae, which I think means that the cause for the problem in the octo tank is the lack of herbivores.

    What herbivores can I put in with this small bimac? I've heard turbo snails and yellow tangs eat this algae. Will the tang bother the bimac? And will a bimac attack a snail that is bigger than it (for the moment anyway)

    Any thoughts welcome.
  2. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 20, 2002
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    Dallas Texas
    I would manually remove as much as you can. You might fill a large bowl with saltwalter and remove rocks with the red algae and use a toothbrush to scrub it off, then rinse the rock and replace. (I've tried this method and it works.)

    Are you using a protein skimmer and also carbon?

    You may have too much dissoved organic matter in your water.

    Try turban snails - they are supposed to eat it. If you get large ones your little bimac probably won't attack them for a while. Avoid any fish because they could bother a small octopus.

  3. chrono_war01

    chrono_war01 Colossal Squid Supporter

    Oct 7, 2004
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    Nice info you've got there. I'll try that now since I have a out break of green algae thingy too. :hmm:

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