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Old 02-18-2015, 11:15 PM   #11
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YES !!!!!!!!!!!! I have a 90g protein skimmer on my 20g, if you could see what's coming out from here.... LOOOTTTT OF GUNK, you'll buy one.
A quality one will be worth it. A cheap one won't do anything. There are always those who'll get the seaclone or coralife ones, just like I did when I started, and have to spend the money on a better one when there aren't any results provided.
I personally like my Eshopps skimmer.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:16 PM   #12
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A quality one will be worth it. A cheap one won't do anything. There are always those who'll get the seaclone or coralife ones, just like I did when I started, and have to spend the money on a better one when there aren't any results provided.
I personally like my Eshopps skimmer.
I got a SWC... hmmmm
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Now it's clean, wait 1 week, i'll take a video, you'll understand HAHA
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alright cool! Thanks everybody!
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:35 PM   #14
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Lower nitrates further, perhaps you have too many fish or over feeding. In addition, cut down the light to near zero if there are no pants or corrals in the tank.


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You could do all the cleaning and filtering upgrades in the world, and hair algae may still persist. You can try a small army of grazers (snails, urchins, sea stars) that will remedy your situation quickly, in addition to the suggestions above 😄👍


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You could do all the cleaning and filtering upgrades in the world, and hair algae may still persist. You can try a small army of grazers (snails, urchins, sea stars) that will remedy your situation quickly, in addition to the suggestions above 😄👍
That's not true at all. What makes algae thrive is nutrients and light. Take one or both of these away, and it will die off. You don't need a single snail or starfish to have an algae free tank.
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That's not true at all. What makes algae thrive is nutrients and light. Take one or both of these away, and it will die off. You don't need a single snail or starfish to have an algae free tank.

Your lesson on algal growth is elementary, mr_X.

You shouldn't suggest to take away light and/or nutrients, that's unrealistic; decreasing one or both of those parameters is a more reasonable statement, and these adjustments would depend on what light source this person uses, and what feeding regiment is required for their tank inhabitants. And even with light and nutrient adjustments, hair algae (in particular) may persist. As I said. And in this case, a grazing crew does wonders.


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I apologize if my original response was unclear. Let's play nice lol


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Whatever. Bottom line, there's too much nutrients in the water. More eating, pooping, critters is not going to remove hair algae unless this is addressed. Algae can't live in a low nutrient environment. It most certainly will not persist.
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I cut back my lighting by a lot and the algae is still growing but as thick and fast. I purchased an eshoppes skimmer (psk 100) and am going to set it up today. Thanks everyone for the advice and I didn't mean to create a hostile environment! I'll keep in touch
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