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About Diatom and Slime Microalgae

Here is information about unwanted nuisance brown diatom, red slime or blue-green (cyanobacteria), and brown slime (dinoflagellates) microalgae outbreaks - what makes them grow and how to control or get rid of them in saltwater aquariums and reef tanks.

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Simple Cure For Brown Algae Problems
Brown Algae needs light (your tank lights are perfect) and food (nitrates and silicates) to survive. The cure for Brown Algae is the same as the prevention: Starve it into oblivion. Here is a step by step method to rid your tank of Brown Algae forever.

About Brown/Golden Diatom Algae
From your About Guides Featured Articles, not an algae at all, but diatoms, learn about what makes these organisms grow, and the many solutions you can put into action to eliminate this problem in your aquarium.

About Red Slime Algae
From your About Guides Featured Articles, not an algae at all, but cyanobacteria, learn all about what makes this type of organism grow and the many solutions you can put into action to solve this problem in your aquarium.

About Reef Tank Janitors - Hermit Crabs
Your About Guides give an overall profile on hermit crabs in general as good scavengers, things to consider before buying one, and which types are considered to be some of the best algae eating reef tank janitors.

About Reef Tank Janitors - Marine Snails
Your About Guides profile marine snails of the Gastropoda class, and which species are considered to be some of the best algae eating reef tank janitors to have.

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Brown Diatom Algae Control
From Reeftank.com, information on how to deal with problem brown diatom, as well as red slime (cyanobacteria), and green hair algae.

Brown Diatom Algae Profiled
From the Aquarium.net Article Archive, Albert Thiel gives his introduction to brown diatom algae and its relationship with silicate and silicic acid, and how to remove these compounds from an aquarium.

Brown Diatom Algae Profiled
Tom Phillips (The Reef Guy) explains what contributes to the growth of brown diatom algae and what to do about it. Red slime (cyanobacteria), green hair, and bubble (Valonia) algae are discussed in this article as well.

Microalgae Problems in Established Reef Tanks
This article from The Fishline discusses in great detail how microalgae can reappear in established reef tanks when phosphate compounds re-dissolve in the water and how they have seen that a low pH in those areas is the cause, and what you can do to resolve these problems.

Blue Green Algae and Redox+Liquid
From the Thiel Marine Infobase site, Albert Thiel explains the relationship between algae growth and excess nutrients (DOCs) in your aquarium, and outlines the use of Thiel Aqua Tech Redox+Liquid for treating this problem.

Slime, Goo, and Hair Discussions
From the Aquarium.net Articles Archive, Ronald L. Shimek delves into the overall diversity and biology of algae, and indivdually profiles the characteristics of and solutions for curing red slime (cyanobacteria), brown slime (dinoflagellates), diatoms, and green hair algae, as well as a few other common green, red (coralline), and brown macroalgae species.

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