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Old 02-12-2012, 09:35 PM   #21
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Seems like there's no sure fire way to eradicate the algae just tips to kick it back and get rid of it slowly.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:38 PM   #22
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I think I'll try cutting back on light and feedings and getting an emerald crab. Maybe an algae scrubber too. But, ive gotta do lots of research on one.
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What's an algae scrubber?
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:54 PM   #24
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From what I saw on google it's a screen that grows a bunch of algae which stops algae growth in the show tank. It's usually in a sump. Sounds like a good idea but I'm not sure how big it would have to be to be effective
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:00 PM   #25
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+1 on stop using tap water....too much of a pain. Totally not worth it.

...and what do you have in there that you need 12hrs of light?? I think that's way too long. I have mh with t5 actinics and run the mh only 6.5hrs with actinics on 1hr before and after the mh.

How many watts of light are you running? Type?
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I'm using 96w of t5HO 2 10000k and 2 actinics. Cutting back to 9 hrs. Im wanting to get my zoas to grow quick but it's not worth algae problems.
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Exactly your coral with get enough light with 8 hours.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:29 PM   #28
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Wont a slug eat it up too?
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A sea hare may eat it, but then it will quickly starve to death after it's gone. You best have a fellow reefer close by with a hair algae problem you can pass it to.
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Very sorry to keep at this topic. But to say nip it in the bud doing two water changes a week after scrapping the glass should just about nip this problematic algae in the bud. My problem is mainly the glass my snails devoured the stuff on the rocks and they have been cleen for a week or so but they don't touch the glass much.
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