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Old 09-02-2011, 06:50 PM   #11
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Yeah, but they knock ur rocks around...
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:55 PM   #12
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There are tons of creatures that eat algae, but maybe you should try to get the amount down without buying new critters. Theres a reason its growing so it;s best to treat the disease rather than the symptoms.

Just my 2 cents. I have algae issues in one of my tanks as well so I added some gfo and have been upping my water changes, and lessening my lighting. I;ve seen some progress so far too.
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Your critters just recycle the nutrients the algae grows on. You have to remove the nutrients from the water or the algae will just keep cycling. Eventually some of the nutrients will be trapped and used to grow your critters, but not enough to stop the problem. Magnesium levels can affect certain algae, but again, you aren't solving the real problem. More water changes, better skimming, smaller and more often feeding cycles.
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agreed, but to answer your question, i have read that not just any mag can be used to take out briopsis. it must be kent tech_M. other magnesium additives didn't work according to a few threads i saw.
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agreed, but to answer your question, i have read that not just any mag can be used to take out briopsis. it must be kent tech_M. other magnesium additives didn't work according to a few threads i saw.
My son used magnesium to wipe out some Cyanobacteria he had blooming. But I have never seen it used on hair algae. Anyone know the chemistry behind this?
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