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    How to beat Bryopsis

    Here are some of the steps that you can take to beat this nuisance algae:

    This is like a flow chart, so follow it and results will be found (eventually). Between each step, give yourselves 2-3 days of observation, then move to the next step. When making changes to your water chemistry, smaller bodies of water should be tinkered with over a longer period of a time than larger bodied water tanks (important). So if you have a smaller tank (under 70 gallons), any adjustments should be twice as long.

    1. Elevate your Magnesium from 1600ppm to 1800ppm or 2000ppm. Do this very very slowly (over a period of a week) as it can have a very negative effect on your tank's inhabitants.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    2. Elevate your Hardness (dkH) from 9dkH to 14dkH. Again, do this slowly over a period of 2-3 days.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    3. Install (Purchase) a Phosphate Reactor. Two Little Fishes reactor is a perfect size. Use RowaPhos media (or similarly potent media), under high flow through the reactor chamber.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    4. Adjust your skimmate type. Change the way your skimmer functions, by adjusting how the skimmate comes out. You want it to be wet, for example, a translucent colour. This will mean that you are overskimming, which is the idea as you want to get rid of nutrients in your tank.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    5. Either purchase (or DIY) a Kalkawasser reactor. Kalk , or pickling lime, will bond to phosphates and will be skimmed out of the solution (with wet skimming). When setting up your kalk reactor, mix kalk and vinegar (100% all purpose) in a 2:1 solution. This is to offset the high pH of kalk . Drip it at a rate of 1 drop per 3 seconds. At this stage of bryposis removal, the kalk that is being dripped will lower Magnesium. So if the bryopsis is fully removed by this step, you will have to adjust your Magnesium at a later time.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    6. Purchase a couple of Long Spine Urchins (Diadema Savignyi). Let them graze over this weak bryposis. Some also found that Mexican Turbo snails will feed on this type of algae.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    7. If you are not already using 20K lights, this is the time to switch. These lights will prevent algae in general from growing. Algae fester in spectrum of 10k and lower.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step.

    8. Some people say that rabbitfish (Siganus) will eat this stuff. At this point, you should have this algae in a very weak stage. The chances of a rabbitfish eating it are high. Some recommendations are Vulpinus, Magnificus, and Puctatus.

    If that didn't work, move to the next step and at this point the last possible measure.

    9. Take out the rock(s) that has the bryopsis, and soak it in RO/DI water. Do this for a period of 2-3 weeks. Change the water every 3-4 days, as the water will remove all phosphates from the rock. Make sure you have a powerhead to move the water in the container with the rock(s).

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    Good article,thanks.

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    very nice, straight forward write-up. Good work!!

    Set up date: September 2008 Display Size: 67.5 Total Water In System: 75 Do you have a sump? NO
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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    I find Mexican Turbo Snails do eat them somewhat too.

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    Switching to 20K lights is one of the last things that you would do. Plus, you deal with one algae at a time

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    I delt with mine at the same time. It wasn't pretty. I removed the live rock and scraped and pulled then rinsed and put back. My sink clogged with bryopsis / bubble.

    Great read btw

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    Excellent systematic approach to getting rid of it! Very nicely done!!!

    Gary

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    So the first thing you should do is elevate your MG while changing your skimmer settings is fourth?
    At what priority are water changes?

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    Quote Originally Posted by smp View Post
    So the first thing you should do is elevate your MG while changing your skimmer settings is fourth?
    At what priority are water changes?
    I agree with Vlad. Magnesium is a very effective cure, while changing skimmer settings and water changes rank closely to consulting your clergyman.

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    Re: How to beat Bryopsis

    Unfortunately, water changes have very little impact short term in removing phosphates. You would have to do water changes every day, to make any impact at all.

    Usually by steps 2 or 3 you will see changes.

    Set up date: December 2004 Display Size: 180+320+72=572 Total Water In System: 772 Do you have a sump? YES
    Do you have a refugium? YES Amount of Liverock: 400 lbs of Fiji Ultra Grade Depth of Sandbed: 4" Salinity level: 1.025
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