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Old 09-25-2012, 11:06 AM   #1
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Brown algae

Recently my tank seems almost overrun with brown algae. It's not harming anything but I was wondering what the best fish or creatures were for keeping it under control. I'd heard turbo snails obviously but I also heard yellow tang eat it? It's kind if "hairy" in spots. Suggestions?
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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You need to find out the root cause of the problem and stop it rather just buying fish or snails to eat it. I've just won a battle against brown algae but it easy. It's usually a build up of nitrates or phosphates. What are your water parameters like?
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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I've got it under control now. I scraped some off the base rock and got some turbo snails and a tomini tang. They seem to be doing the trick.
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Also it seemed it was the lights. Wherever the rock shades the gravel, there was no algae.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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Same thing here I just cut back on my lighting and my cuc took care of it🐠
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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What is a cuc? And I don't think I can cut back on lighting because of my dragon eye zoanthid.
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What is a cuc? And I don't think I can cut back on lighting because of my dragon eye zoanthid.
Is it new tank? If so it will come and go
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Yeah new tank. Cycled though. Just tested a little bit again. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate all at zero.
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Yeah new tank. Cycled though. Just tested a little bit again. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate all at zero.
Could be diatoms feed off silicates when silicates are gone itll go away they usually show up at end or shortly after cycle
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:26 AM   #10
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Any clue as to how's by turbo snails one would recommend? I've seen "packages" for cleaner kits putting like 20-30 of them. I have a 75gal tank with 3 turbo snails. I want to get a Sally light foot but I don't know if they get along with the cleaner shrimp my husband is dying to have. Lol.
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