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Old 10-20-2003, 06:47 PM   #1
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Turf algae ?

I need to get rid of this algae or the reef itself. Tired of fooling with it.
I had a little spot of what appears to be turf algae on one of my rock when I purchased it nearly ten months ago. Now in the last few months, it has spread to several other rocks and is still moving. My water parms are as following: KH 13, nitrate .005 or less, phos 0. I use DI water with a protein skimmer in this 20 gal. I have not have a problem with diatom or slime algae. I have used a 175w MH light for about 7 weeks about 13 inches above the water line. The course dark green looking algae looks like maidens hair and was spreading long before the MH light. I was using 130w PC. I have purchased emerald crabs, 15 astrea snails, 1 turbo snail, scarlet leg hermits and blue leg hermits with no help at all. I have never seen any eating this algae. I purchased a small yellow tang which did nibble a little, but died after several days. It is getting where I can't see my green button polyps anymore. I think this is a macro algae, but is not wanted in this tank.
I need help if there is any out there. Thanks.

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Old 10-20-2003, 10:53 PM   #2
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Most typical "clean up" animals will not bother with this type of algae as it is to tough. The best suggestion is try an urchin. I have a small patch of brush algae and it and the tangs keep it in check.

I would also make sure you do not have >>bryopsis<<

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