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Old 01/04/2008, 11:35 PM
brians4671 brians4671 is offline
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red hairy looking with lots o bubbles in it?

what is it? my sand sifting star seems to be doing a good job on it..........
Old 01/04/2008, 11:42 PM
Achilles1208 Achilles1208 is offline
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gotta a picture to help us out
Old 01/04/2008, 11:54 PM
phoenix phoenix is offline
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sounds like cyano but a pic is needed - water parameters would also help provide insight.
Old 01/05/2008, 12:11 AM
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i think phoenix is right sounds like cyano but it usually is not hairy more like slime. I just got rid of it in my tank. It took a few good water changes and sucking it off the rock/sand. It sounds like you might have an underlying problem though. what are your tank paramenters? I think phosban and carbon helped mine.
Old 01/05/2008, 03:17 PM
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red slime algae

this sounds like red/purple slime algae. There are medications that will remove it. I had it and one of the underlying problems was excess nutrients and low Alk/PH
Old 01/05/2008, 05:33 PM
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agree. sounds like cyano bacteria. How old is the tank? I would not use medicine to remove. if the tank is new then it is a natural part of the process. If the tank is established increase flow, skimming and possibly feed less
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Old 01/05/2008, 06:34 PM
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And do some research on SS Stars. Not a good star to have and it will soon be dead dying slowly from starvation.
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