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Old 09-04-2012, 05:32 PM   #1
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Algae problems

Have recently devloped some major algae problems around my tank on live sand, live rock, etc and would really like it removed. Any suggestions on inverts/ fish that would take care of that?
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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How many snails you have? Algae blenny, astrea snails, turbo snails, banded trochus snails, conch will all eat algae. Depends on what type algae you have.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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what kind of algae, differnt things eat different kinds.

Basic answers - Turbo Snails, hermit crabs, Tangs, Foxface fish, Lawmower blenny, nudiebrances...

All the above eat kinds of algae.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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It is a dark red/Brown colored algae, as you might be able to see on the live rock in the right of the picture, what kind of inverts/snails would consume or take care of that?
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It is a dark red/Brown colored algae, as you might be able to see on the live rock in the right of the picture, what kind of inverts/snails would consume or take care of that?
It looks like a diatom. Is the tank new? It will eventually go away if its new, but turbo snails will take care of it.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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Yes, its appx 4-5 weeks old to this date, so assuming its diatoms I should have nothing to worry about? Does it harm my fish in any way? Thank you for helping by the way guys
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:02 PM   #7
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No you have nothing to worry about with diatoms.It wont harm your fish. Do you have turbo snails? they love to eat it id get a few depending on tank size i have 3 in my 30, along with 3 margaritas.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:56 PM   #8
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My advice would be to find the root cause. Sound like someone has hit the nail on the head though. Here is a good link when you have other algae issues, Nuisance Algae ID Guide get to your root cause with algae issues. There are no quick fixes
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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Oh its just new tank diatoms, they'll go away. I used to blast them with a turkey baster and let my skimmer suck them up. They die off after a month or so, they are feeding on the silicates in your new tank. Totally natural part of the ocean and every tank gets a new tank diatom bloom. Remove what you can manually if they are stressing you out cause they make your tank look ugly...
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Thank you I'm glad it's nothing of concern, just put in 3 coralline snails that should hopefully help mitigate the damage, am I right in doing so?
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