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Old 08-26-2004, 02:27 PM   #1
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Attack of the Green Blob

Can anyone tell me how to keep green hair algae under control? I bought some blue legged crabs to keep it under control and I read a lawnmower benny can help. Any other suggestions?

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Old 08-26-2004, 03:10 PM   #2
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Yes tangs will eat you dry, I was trying to keep the algae but my tangs pick it clean with in a day or two
Get a few hardy tangs that don't egt ick easy like a sail fin tang-unicorn tang or a nasa tang
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or a yellow tang if it is more of a community tank, they tend to be a little less agressive, and hardly ever get ich.
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To be honest any yellow or blue hipo tang I ever had was the first to get sick and cause an out break in my tank, most fish stores agree yellow and blue hipo don't do as well plus the unicorn and sail fin are very mellow
the yellow is nastyer then a nasa plus I have had them for over a year with out any problems ,also a yellow is the last fish you want to add in as they tend to run the tank
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Green Algae Bloom

Hi there. I only have a 30 gallon tank and the first time I tried a blue tang it got ich and died. I even got a skunk cleaner shrimp, but I guess it didn't help. Next I got a yellow tang and it died from ich. Then I got a latticed butterfly fish for a present. It died on me when I was in the hospital most likely from ich. The only fish that has survived my tank the longest is the skunk cleaner and the false clown.

I read about the tangs you suggested and they recommend a 180 gal for the Unicorn and 125 gal for the Naso and Sailfin. I also noticed that the Sailfin is semi-aggressive which worries me a little. How do you think one of those fish would do in my 30 gallon tank with only 60 watts of florescent lighting? Good idea or bad idea?

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Keep in mind it depends on the size, when I got my tangs they were med. size ,after about a year they doubled so the 55 gal was no longer big enough
plus I have a panther grouper that trippled it size
my unicorn tang and my sail fin given you an idea how big they are now are about 3.5 top to bottom and about 6 inch from head to tail and they do fine in the 125
when I had them in the 55 they were about 2in top to bottom and 4 inch head to tail
I know they recomend a bigger tank but Ive been doing tangs for years and I never had a problem, I even had tangs in a 40 gal tank
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Definition of Ich

Can you help me? I wanted to know if a fish has had ich, does ich stay in your tank? I'm a little confused about how that works.

I will give one of those tangs a try. Have you ever tried the Sailfin/Algae Blenny also referred to as Jewelled Rockskipper or the Lawnmower, Jeweled Blenny, or Rock Blenny? That's a lot of names for one fish.
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Just keep in mind they like to swim and need room to do so, the smaller your tank the less fish you can add also keep in mind try to go with small tangs as they will grow
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Well heres my thoughts ,if you have a fish that has ick, by the time you figure this out its to late to think about taking the fish out because its in your tank so weather you take the fish out or not at this time will not matter unless the fish is like close to death which I hate to say other then that you need to add medication in your water to kill it, also I found of you keep you salinity (salt level) a little lower then the ocean it helps not to get ick and other things ,I keep mine between 1.020 and 1.023, I say in the middle around 1.021
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Please don't buy any tangs if you have a 30 gal.

Stick with the little blue legged hermits for the substrate and rock.. once they get going they'll clean it up in no time.

If it's on the glass too then try some astrea snails.
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