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Old 01-19-2005, 11:11 PM   #1
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Algae and urchin

I have recently finished my cycle and i started with tap water, so i have a lot of brown algae (diatoms). I want to get rid of them so i have been using distilled water (last two water changes). How long will it take for the diatoms to go away. I put some more live rock in the take that had coralline algae on it so that it would spread to my other rocks. I have also ben supplementing calcium (kent marine) into the water everyday. Will the urchin eat this algae or will it eat the coralline that i am desperately trying to grow? Will he harm my anemones?
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Old 01-19-2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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Not sure about the diatoms or the anemone but I'm pretty sure they will get after the coraline.....

I'd suggest a healthy helping of turbo and astrea snails for the diatoms.... the algae will eventually burn itself out as long as your not over feeding etc....
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Old 01-19-2005, 11:38 PM   #3
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Thanks I put him in the main tank. He was in my quarintine. he ihas just climbed on top of my rocks nd is eain some green algae. I also heard from my LFS that some company s spposed to be bringing out a product that you ca add to your tank t make oraline row. heard of this ?
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There are alot of products, B-ionic, Kalkwasser, Red sea Calk, they all help balance the calcium and alk of the tank...... do a search... there's plenty of info....

You can also scrape the algae from time to time to release spores....
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Old 01-19-2005, 11:54 PM   #5
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Scrape the coraline? I know of those but the product i am refering to atually adds coraline to the tank. it isn't calcium.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:00 AM   #6
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Diatoms (brown algae) Is part of all young tanks even after they have cycled..With do time it'll go away on its own.. The water wouldn't have made a difference... HTH
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:49 AM   #8
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Don't worry about the urchin destroying you coraline. The rumors are way overblown IMO. I have 4, been in my tank over a year and my coraline is doing just fine.
You can always target feed him a nori strip a few times a week, that will keep him busy.
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Can i give him julian spring's sea veggies green seaweed
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