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Old 12-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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I need some opinions on some critters that will help eat up my hair algae.

I'm thinking Turbo Snails, or Lettuce Sea slug?

What would you recommend? I'm working on a small budget today so I'm just going to pick up a couple of whatever I decide.

Also I have the route cause of the hair algae taken care of. I added my GFO reactor the other day so that should take care of phosphate. I'm just looking for some help cleaning up the mess now.

I need opinions soon because Ill be at the LFS in a few hours.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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Turbos will do a lot of work but are very clumsy and could knock stuff over. The lettuce nudis also have a big appetite too but they will starve much easier then the turbos and are much more pricey.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:44 AM   #3
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My DT is a 40g breeder what would be a good number of turbo? And my LFS has Lettuce slugs for around $15 I think. Ill have to double check prices when I get there.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #4
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I wouldn't add any more to my tank even as they die but i started with 5 in my 46 so if your corals and rockwork is pretty well fastened then I'd go with 4-6
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #5
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My rock work is stable and my corals are on a egg crate rack across my tank for propagating.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:43 PM   #6
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Emerald crab? i believe they are reef safe.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #7
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I already have emerald crabs and they don't touch the hair algae. From my experience my emerald crabs enjoyed the cyano out break when I had just set up my tank.
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When I was battling a major hair algae outbreak, I had to manually remove it prior to water changes. This still wasn't enough to get ahold of things, so I added a lawnmower blenny and by this time my GFO arrived in the mail.

With all of this and using straight distilled currently due to ro/di being down, I still have algae that creeps up. I should post a pic of the stuff growing on the side of the tank in my refugium, pretty nuts. But I still have algae in my tank that is pretty annoying at times. I have 2 lettuce nudibranches coming with my new CUC. They should have a field day. Keep in mind taht CUC's are replaceable. Due to several factors...mostly my hermits eating all the snails...I look at refreshing a CUC in a tank about 6 months.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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I just picked up a sea hare from the LFS. They didn't have any turbo snails and a few guys I talked to said the Sea hare will probably do well.
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Be careful. If they get stressed or die they release toxins.
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