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Old 02-15-2014, 09:31 AM   #31
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G The algae that grow in the algae scrubber can then be removed, or fed back to the livestock.

Algae scrubbers are used in both saltwater and freshwater, and remove nuisance algae of multiple types: cyano or slime, bubble, hair, Chaetomorpha, Caulerpa, and film algae, as well as dinoflagellates and Aiptasia.

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So, this article says you don't have to remove it. Excuse me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't feeding it back to the fish blow the "pruning to remove nutrients" idea out of the water?
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So, this article says you don't have to remove it. Excuse me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't feeding it back to the fish blow the "pruning to remove nutrients" idea out of the water?

I believe it depends on if feeding it back to the fish is in addition to what they are normally being fed or if it replaces some or most of it. If it is in addition to the normal feeding regime, then I think you are correct with the "nutrients staying in the system" idea.
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So, this article says you don't have to remove it. Excuse me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't feeding it back to the fish blow the "pruning to remove nutrients" idea out of the water?
I was thinking the same thing. The only benefit I can understand is free food.
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lots of water changes???

I think the article said that you could refeed some of the algae. But the main point was using it for export. While the growing algae keeps the DOCs locked up, you have to prune it to remove the DOCs permanently. Anything you recycle in the tank stays in the tank, but every time I throw out 5 pounds of algae, I am removing those nutrients from the water permanently.

You can remove DOC's by;

Water exchanges,
Physical removal like protein skimming,
Chemical binding agents like GFO,
or organic agents like algae and the live bacteria in rock.

Just how I do it...
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