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Old 01-21-2005, 01:06 PM   #1
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massive green hair algae attack!!!

over the last two months i have had a massive outbreak of green hair algae. I looks like my rocks have grass all over them. I added a lawnmower blenny two weeks ago, but no help. phosphates at zero, nitrates at zero. I only feed once per day, and DT every other day. Nothing has changed in my tank, but the algae is rampant. I have tried siphoning the algae out, but it is attached firmly. I have a minimal clean up crew, with a few hermits and turbos. The only thing I can think of is lighting. I have orbit pc's 4x65W I have had them for about six months...time for new bulbs??? TIA
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:11 PM   #2
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You algae could possibly be consuming the phospates before they get detected on the test kit. Are you using RO/DI water? Do you have a skimmer? What is in your clean up crew and how large is your tank?
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:20 PM   #3
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72 gal tank, skimmer in use, about 1/2cup a week. clean up crew....six turbos, 5 hermits 1 sifter star. water used for top off's tested 0 for phosphates as well.
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First I would say cut back on feeding the DT's to 2-4 times a month maximum. That can easily pollute your tank w/ an abundance of nutrients. Second, depending what kind of corals you have, cut back your photoperiod some. PC bulbs should last longer than 6 months-I think your ok there, but I'm not familiar w/ orbit fixtures/bulbs. Adding some more snails, and hermits would be a good idea, 6 snails and 5 hermits is definitely on the "low side". Other than that I would say it's time to get your hands wet-start plucking it out lol. HTH
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My 150gal. had a similar problem with algae that was 1/2" long or better. I added three turbo snails, and within 10 days, they had it all licked off. Maybe you just need a few more snails to clean it up.
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Here comes my inexperience shining through again... whats "DT?"

Thanks.
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:03 AM   #7
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IMO, way too few hermits and snails for that size tank. I believe I've seen some recommendations that had at least 40 each in a tank your size. Check out some of the cleanup crew recommendations for, say, LiveAquaria.com. Divide that in half and maybe start from there. Adding too many at one time may mean some starve.

Read recently that the scarlett reef hermits do a great job on algae control. And supposed to do a job on red slime algae. Just added a dozen to my tank. Turbos have been given high marks too on algae.

How old is the tank? I think your crew is to few.
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Ditto that request for info: what is DT? Thanks.
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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DTs Live Plankton, good stuff.
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Check the LFS's fridge. Not the freezer. It's a green liquid in a bottle. At least that's the way I get it.
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