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Old 09-09-2013, 09:08 PM   #11
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That's not necessarily true. The only benefit live rock has over regular rock for a salt water tank is that it aids in controlling nitrate levels. There are plenty of other methods out there to do the same thing.

Age of the tank is really really important. If its a new tank it will have more issues with algae than an aged tank. Most new tanks go through a hair algae phase when establishing themselves.

I would like to add that live rock could potentially help. But it will by no means solve the issue entirely.
And you took it out of a freshwater and trying to make it saltwater?
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And you took it out of a freshwater and trying to make it saltwater?
What difference does it make? About 30% of the rock in my tank is lace rock and I am having absolutely no issues at all with my tank.

Algae is an issue revolving around water quality not the rock it's growing on.
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And you took it out of a freshwater and trying to make it saltwater?
I bought the "freshwater" rock from a saltwater fish store lol it came with live rock growth already on it so your wrong about that, but I already discovered the reason why I'm getting hair algae is because the light was being left on to long. We didn't get a timer yet so we were leaving it on 10-12 hours a day rather than 6-8..

Yes it is a new tank 6-7 weeks old.

Our clean up crew consists of:
12 carribean blue legged hermit crabs
6 nassarius snails
2 gobys (1 orange spotted/1 yellow head)

It's a 55 gallon aquarium and I plan on putting corals in it as soon as I fix this green haired algae problem.

Let me know if you can help me fix it.

I'm new to this. Though I have years of experience with fish working in pet stores etc. this is personally my first time working on a reef tank.
A few questions for you about live rock etc.....
1.) how do you clean the algae off of live rock? 2.) what do you advise cleaning a live rock with? 3.) what if the live rock has corals on it?
4.) how often do you usually clean live rock?
5.) what types of organisms are best for cleaning liverock in a reef tank??

If you guys can give me personal advice or send me any how to videos that you think would greatly help me out with any or all of these questions I would really appreciate it.
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Scrubbing it off with a brush while siphoning right over it is the best way for manual removal.

Reducing nutrients in the water is the best method for controlling it
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algae is normal in a new tank, I would keep scrubbing and keep up on tank maintenance. clean rock as often as you see it come back the quicker you get the nutrients out of tank by removing algae the quicker it will disappear. do it everyday if you have make sure your water changes are current check your parameters so you were your at also
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algae is normal in a new tank
It's not normal, but it is a common mistake for newcomers to cause a nutrient rich environment.

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Reducing nutrients in the water is the best method for controlling it
You can scrub that rock all day long and you aren't going to solve any problem if you continue your current feeding/husbandry.
Reduce the nutrients in the system and wait it out. You'll overcome it in a short time.
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