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Old 07-03-2005, 01:25 PM   #1
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Hair algae eater

What an effective hair algae eater that's reef and fish safe? Thanks
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Old 07-03-2005, 01:33 PM   #2
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I've got a chocolate chip star that seems to love the stuff. I don't think that they are reef safe though. Also I have three emerald crabs and a yellow tang that picked at it too.
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maybe a lawnmower blenny.
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Old 07-03-2005, 04:33 PM   #4
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CC star fish are not reef safe. Lawn mower blennies or Black sailfin blennies are. A good clean up crew is Good. Tangs they say . Best thing to do is limit organics in water by feeding every other day. Been doing this for several years with no signs of hair algea. Also when you do a water change rubber band a tooth brush on the end of siphon hose and gently scrub rock while taking out water. Siphon will suck up loose hair algea. Before long You`ll be hair algea free. Good Luck
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I had great luck with Astrea snails mowing through it.
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Old 07-04-2005, 11:18 AM   #6
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Alright thanks a lot guys. Will Emeralf Mithrax crabs eat a ton of it or just pick at it like haus said? Also, what about Sally Lightfoots? TIA
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I have both in my tank and they do pretty good job of keeping it in check.
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Old 07-05-2005, 10:46 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone.
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IMO emeralds and Sallys will not mow down a lawn of HA.. If you have a big HA problem you need to get some of the fish mentioned or the large Turbo snails. My friends have used seahairs with great success. The only issue is when the HA is gone the SH will die. So my friends are passing one around and he is cleaning many tanks.
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