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Old 08-25-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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Sea Hares??

Anyone have any experience with these? I have an algae problem and the lfs said these are the way to go......I'm a little scared....any advice?
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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Yeah, very cool, but for me they've been short lived. Sure it ate algae, but nothing crazy, I mean its not going to eat it all. I think your LFS should be helping you find the reason for the algae instead of just trying to sell you a bandaid solution. Too much light, food, nitrates, phos...etc... Got any parameters to share?
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:48 PM   #3
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If your LFS will rent it to you, Its a great way to go. But otherwise in a week or so all your algae will be gone and it will starve, die and pollute the crap outta your tank.
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they are also very specialized. they will not just eat any algae.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:01 PM   #5
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nxb161- Did it pollute the tank when it died?
Can you feed them?
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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Well, it laid eggs, which I read they do at the end of their life cycle. So I kept a close eye on it, and took it out when it died...
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Old 08-26-2010, 03:58 AM   #7
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i love sea hares! i just got one for my seahorse tank since it just started to grow a bit of hair algae..he ate it all in a few days I then fed him green seaweed which is dry and you can buy in sheets...i either would feed him by hand or elastic it to a rock or shell. He is now currently living in my other 28 gal nano tank. I have had 4 sea hares in total and i found that the blue spotted ones were very short lived ( i've had two and both died in a few months). The hare i have now is all brown and slightly larger than the blue spotted hare. I've had one just like it a few years back and he lived almost a year before he got sucked up into a power head (I also was feeding that one the dried seaweed by hand)
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My old blue spotted hare
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new hare trying to get at the dried algae i just put in...stupid hermit always in the way
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Yes I agree with nbx. They are 'bandaids' for a bigger problem. Kinda like putting a bandaid on something that needs stiches. What you should do is:
1) Find the root of the problem. This will be excess nutrients such as Phosphates and Nitrates.
2) Reduce these levels with regular PWC's.
3) To hinder the algae growth cut the lighting time in half for a tank with coral and leave it off all together for a FOWLR tank.

These will help to get rid of your algae.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:35 AM   #10
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I don't have any nitrates....how do you test for phosphates? maybe I need a better test kit......I'm going to be better about water changes
--Kelsey-- nice pics! I'll try the algae if I get one!
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