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Old 12-23-2005, 10:14 PM   #1
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sea hair??

I recently bought a sea hair (sp)...in other words a large slug! I heard it eats any kind of algea. Can someone confirm this for me?
Also are they not very active? I put him in about 4 nights ago and have only seen him 1 time since? Should I be concerned? Im concerned about him possibly dieing and messing my tank up...its a 100 gallon with a 40 gallon sump/fuge and 150-175 lbs of LR...I think it could take a hit of a small 2" slug?? Plus I have hermits and snails I that I would assume would eat him if he did die...I just tried to turn over some of my rocks (reef mind you) and see if I could find him...no luck. He does move slow for sure.
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I`m sure they move slow. But if you are having a problem with algea try to cut off the source which is feeding the algea. How often are you feeding the tank.
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Feed every 2-3 days...believe me when I go through the checklist of items that are not causing this, you will be scratching your head...
-Use RODI water (new filters)
-In process of replacing VHO bulbs (8-9 months old)
-3 small fish
-snails, 3 inverts, crabs, very few corals such as xenia, polyps.
-feed frozen cube food...however rinse and let set in RO water before using
-additives - zoe and vitamin c from time to time
-light period 8 hours
-TONS of water flow
-Aqua C remora skimmer - cleaned pump and skimmer recently
ON AND ON!
Been doing this 3 years with the same tank. just recently started having PO levels. Currently running phosban. Did I miss anything?
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That`s an extensive list. Let me think on it.
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Yeah I had a problem with algea some 1 year ago...I think I changed my RO filters and it cleared up...then it has come back. Im doing all I know to do and doing ONE thing at a time to see what has an impact on it. Dont get me wrong, its not covering my tank but is in patches..and its not your normal hair algea. Its more like carpet algea and is slimy to the touch - but VERY tough to get ahold of. I have to get a toothbrush and scrub really hard to get it off. All the chemicals I add is parts A and B of ESV. CA and AK.
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Wow, I was in the same boat. I have a 110gallon/no sump. Couldn't figure out why my NO3 and PO4 were slightly elevated. Didn't concern me until the algae started showing up. Ran phosban, got chaeto, do 10% water change weekly, use RO/DI water, changed my lights, cut back on light cycle, feed every 2-3 days...nothing would lower my levels.

I had a couple local reefers look at my set-up and they ALL agree - it's my skimmer. Are you running the regular Remora or the Remora Pro? The Remora is rated at 75g, but from what I've learned - even running the Remora Pro on anything larger than 75g is pushing it. I have the Remora Pro on my 110 gallon, and I had no problems for a long time then all of a sudden my PO4 is 0.1 and my nitrates will never sink below 20-30. You've got 150 gallons of water in your system - that skimmer is undersized, others may be able to back me up here. If you're using the Remora, even AquaC (who notoriously pad their numbers) only rate it for a 75g.

If you have a sump, why not upgrade your skimmer? I'm in the process of upgrading mine. If you can fit it - ASM G3 would be great for your system and you can get one as cheap as $240-ish. Not too shabby.
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Well I have been running the same skimmer for 3 years and not really a problem. Plus I only have 3 small fish and feed very conservativly. And I have the equivalant of a 20 gallon fuge with macro. As soon as I put the phosban in there, my PO went to 0. I had a couple of large snails that had died and caused mine to spike.
Also I have the Remora Pro. I ran the Remora pro on a 125 and it was fine as well. I have never had even a hint of trates...Lastly I have no room for a larger skimmmer. I have the one I have no crammed in next to my sump.
Honestly I dont think it is my skimmer. i dont mean to argue but I just dont think this is it. Especially when I dont have a large bioload and dont feed very oftne.
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Also I forgot to add..At the beginning of this year my fish came down with ick. I QT them and did hypo. During this time I didnt do much to my main and didnt do water changes at all...this is when my real problem started. By the time I started doing water changes again, it took me quite a while to get the algea under control. I finally did and then I started missing water changes and here we are again. However not sure what is causing it this time. Im changing the lights, then my RO filters again....etc. Will just do one thing at a time and see what has an impact. I may even have to cut back on my lighting period.
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No, you know your tank better than I do. But, honestly, the fact that this happens when you miss water changes even strengthens my opinion that it is your skimmer. Your consistant water changes are the thing that has kept your tank in check all this time. My numbers were fine until I had to treat the tank and shut off the skimmer for a couple weeks. If I miss one weekly water change my numbers go up. I understand you have no room for a bigger skimmer and maybe someone else will chime in here - but, I still think that might be your problem. It has all the ear markings.

Again - just an opinion. I respect the fact that you disagree and I'm not saying you're wrong. You know your tank better than I do. But, if I'm a betting man - my money is on the skimmer.

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The skimmer will get DOC out of the water. These will eventually turn into nitrates.
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