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Old 07-23-2014, 07:18 PM   #91
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How long before it grows back?


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Old 07-23-2014, 07:35 PM   #92
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Got a pic of the stuff up close?
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20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:00 PM   #93
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Penny for reference.

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First pic is a rock that I'm trying to cure. Second is in DT.


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Old 07-24-2014, 03:52 AM   #94
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Yeah looks like turf aglae


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Old 07-26-2014, 03:16 PM   #95
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Grrr, Persistant Green Hair Algae

So I started getting what I need for an algae scrubber. But today I trimmed my chaeto after 3 weeks of growth. Dang, I have about a gallon of chaeto pulled out!!!

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I'm gonna dry it and then weigh it to see how much biomass I pulled out between July 5 and today. I only feed 1 small feeding a week, so nutrients out should be greater than nutrients in. I just hope the deer don't eat it while I'm drying it. Stoopid deer.

On the plus side, there seems to be less algae buildup on the sand since last week. I very carefully sucked up the algae on the surface without disturbing the sand bed much.


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Old 07-26-2014, 05:37 PM   #96
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You are lessening the effectiveness of the refugium by removing that algae. Unless of course the water can't get through. The larger the plant mass, the more nutrients it will utilize.
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Grrr, Persistant Green Hair Algae

Right, but enough is enough. They bind the most nutrients when they are growing. I think pruning the algae back is like most plants, it stimulates growth. I recommend using scissors to cut out sections of old looking chaeto so you are leaving hundreds of freshly cut growth ends.


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Old 07-26-2014, 08:29 PM   #98
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Yeah the top stuff starts to turn lighter and a bit brownish. I just pull it out as I find that puts less short pieces into the DT as trimming it did. I removed about 1/2 of the plant.


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Are you sure it's not turning brown because it's catching detritus? I've never had chaeto turn brown on me, unless it was dying off.
As for pruning to stimulate growth, if it's growing like crazy, why fix it?
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