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Old 06-23-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Hair Algae Eaters (40 gallon max)

Looking for suggestions on fish that may eat hair algae or any algae that will go good in a 40 gallon reef tank (w/20 gallon sump). I have 2 ocellaris clowns and 1 firefish. I know that lawnmower blenny is gonna be a popular suggestion but what else? Maybe something with color like blue or yellow?
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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I know most if not all tangs like to graze algae on rocks/walls etc but a 40 would really be too small IMO. I have a similar issue w/ my 55. Just hair algae on the back wall. Very little if none on the LR. I was going to get a lawnmower blenny but I'm interested in something more colorful too.

One of the main things that I have been trying to do is get to the bottom of the issue in the first place instead of just trying to "put a bandaid on a broken elbow"

How are your parameters? Do you have a TDS meter? You use RODI water right?
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liveaquaria.com says a starry blenny can go in a 30 so you could get one in your 40 they are my favorite blenny and have a great personality and beautiful colors
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I know most if not all tangs like to graze algae on rocks/walls etc but a 40 would really be too small IMO. I have a similar issue w/ my 55. Just hair algae on the back wall. Very little if none on the LR. I was going to get a lawnmower blenny but I'm interested in something more colorful too.

One of the main things that I have been trying to do is get to the bottom of the issue in the first place instead of just trying to "put a bandaid on a broken elbow"

How are your parameters? Do you have a TDS meter? You use RODI water right?
Parameters are in check now. I was gone over a week on work and my gf didnt top of the tank. Salinity rose and my bta died. Went out of hand from there. Im fixing the problem just looking for a cool herbivore. Tangs are definatly out!
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I've kept many algae blennies and never saw one eat hair algae. Not a first choice for me. I vote urchin.
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Blue tuxedo urchins will eat many types of algae. And they cant put a spine in you. i have eight of them, they camouflage themselves with all sorts of things. As X said, my algae blenny eats anything but hair algae.
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+1 on the urchin. I was always nervous to get one i didn't want him to pick up and move any corals or prick me
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Urchin huh... Any that wont mess with my corals???
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They may knock one over if not firmly attached. And they will crawl everywhere, but they don't eat polyps.
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I had a couple big spots on the sides of my tank and the other day I sucked them all right off when i changed my water.
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