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Old 06-29-2006, 10:00 AM   #11
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What is you lighting cycle?
How much/what do you feed?

Hara does have a good link. Try some of those steps. I tried throwing a bunch of algea eaters at my problem. But I found the algea grows faster than they could keep up with. Right now I am using Hara's steps. I have noticed a huge difference.
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Old 06-29-2006, 11:50 AM   #12
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I concur with everything in Hara's link. I had the exact same problem and finally after 2-3 months have removed it. My issue was primarily phosphates over 1.0.

The only thing I would add to Hara's link is to remove the rock from the tank to pull off the manually remove the algea if possible. Otherwise when you pull it off it releases spores into the main. Additionally I used a new tooth brush to manually scrub the algea off.

To rid the phosphate problem I checked food source and eliminated all phosphate containing food as well as added a good phosphate sponge material and changed it out frequently(at least weekly along with PWC.

It takes time, but if you diligent you can beat it.

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Oddly enough, I saw my first patch of hair algae (very short, diameter of a half dollar) this morning.
I fed well last night cause I am going off for a few days on a trip.
Had my new toothbrush in hand ready to pluck the rock out (a super pourous tonga branch stuck in the sand mainly for aesthetics) when I noticed one of my massive turbo snails moving towards the patch.
So I waited..
He devoured the whole patch in about half an hour.
Now the turbos I have are almost the size of golf balls, so maybe that's the difference?
They even go after the seaweed for the tang.. if the tang doesn't get his fill fairly quickly (in snail timelines), then the seaweed is snail food.

Is it possible your turbos are eating it, just not fast enough? Or am I just lucky to have serious grazer snails?

Not meaning to thread jack, just thought it was relevant to the discussion sort of.
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ok...i stoppin gin a LFS and talkin to the guy there and he stirred me away from going the UV ster route and suggested alot ot the same steps....water changes ect...but also mentioned that i probablyshould should dosing the tank with supplements for the reef tank.
He recommneded the Calcium and alkalinity to lessen the amount of alega?
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A UV steralizer won't rid you of algae, it just kills the spores in the water... it's a good add in my oppinion.
Not sure that C and alk will lessen the amount of algae... water changes help removes the nutrients it thrives on tho.
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What is you lighting cycle?
How much/what do you feed?

Hara does have a good link. Try some of those steps. I tried throwing a bunch of algea eaters at my problem. But I found the algea grows faster than they could keep up with. Right now I am using Hara's steps. I have noticed a huge difference.
i have my light turn on at 8am and then off around 1 for a few hours and back on at about 4 and till at 10:30...not sure if this is too much
iahve thought about the leaving the lights off for a few days and see if that helps along with water changes.
food....every other day a pinch of flakes...i only have the 2 blue damsels and pair of clowns. my blenny is still MIA and assumed to be hermit and worm food now.
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I run my light for 8 hours. I run mine from 2-10PM. It looks like you are running them a bit too long, is that about 11.5 hours? Remember light helps to feed the algae. Flakes tend to produce phosphates with algae likes, along with lights. A good variety of frozen food, mysis and brine some others, soaked (about 30 mins) in Selcor, Zoe and garlic.
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i think ill try the no lights for a few days...then cut them back to afternoon/night time for maybe 6 hours.
i just want to this under control before intruducing more critters

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...but also mentioned that i probablyshould should dosing the tank with supplements for the reef tank.
He recommneded the Calcium and alkalinity to lessen the amount of alega?
IMO, adding supplements is the worse thing you can do, unless you are first testing for the item you are adding. Proper PWC with quality salt will take care of any elements that need to be in the system including CA and ALK as long as you do them frequently.

Unfortunately the LFS is in the business to sell suppliments. If they recomended without first testing your water I would be vary wary of that LFS or at least that employee.

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ok....i keep teh lights off for about 4 days and almost all teh green algea is gone...i set them to only be on about half the time and ill see what happens.
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