Algae growth.

KcReefRank

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Hi everyone! I'm new to the hobby and have had my tank setup for 4-5 months now. I check all of the parameters and they're all perfect. The tank has been doing well. Lately though the tank is over come with a purple/pink algae. At first I thought it was coralline algae but some of the places its starting to grow out a little big like hair which doesn't sound like the right characteristics. I've attached some pics and I'm hoping someone can look and tell me what kind of algae this is.
 

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alb_56

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Looks like cyano to me. Syphon it out and increase flow, otherwise let it run its course.
 

KcReefRank

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Flow

Flow

The flow I thought was already high. I have a Koralia 1050 and an 850. What's weird is that it's all over the powerheads and where they're pointed too. I started to take some out manually. Not really a problem and looks good actually but don't want it out of control. I'm starting weekly water changes to help. Thanks for the input!
 

Stolireef

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Cyano is totally normal in a new tank. It's basically a nutrient sponge. Cut back on feeding, siphon it out with regular water changes and it will go away on it's own.
 

Stolireef

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BTW, your 'parameters are perfect' because the cyano is taking up the nutrients before the tests can read them.
 

jerseygurl

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A turkey baster works great for sucking it out. Go lights out for 3-4 days and if sunlight hits your tank block it. You might want to invest in a GFO-carbon reactor too.
 
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