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Old 08-02-2004, 07:48 PM   #21
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just a option, if you dont like the live rock you could get a sump and keep the ugly live rock in it. you would still be getting all the benifits of live rock but with out the look you dont like in your tank. what im afaid of though is that no matter what you put into your tank, with out something to get rid of the algae you will have it growing on the new tank items.
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Old 08-03-2004, 02:44 AM   #22
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I would have to agree with the others here about the amount of lighting. I have a 265 watt coralife compact fluorescent fixture on my tank. I can literally see the coralline algae growing by the week.
Well i always thought that you needed a reef tank to put a lights of that wattage in the tank. My tank is just fish only. Wouldnt that light cause stress on my puffer and other fish since they arent in a reef aquarium?

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I could only see one pic. But it looks like a bad case of hair algae I would go for an urchin to help keep it grazed. The puffer shouldn't mess with it
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Old 08-03-2004, 07:40 AM   #24
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I could only see one pic. But it looks like a bad case of hair algae I would go for an urchin to help keep it grazed. The puffer shouldn't mess with it
ok the pictures havent been working so i tried another hosting serivce

http://usera.imagecave.com/wazuph2o/tank/

This should work. Also Even w/o the hair algae the rock has lost its red/purple coloring. What can be causing the hair algae and how do i stop it. What are my other options besides buying an urchin. Also i have heard that using seachem reef or something like that, it will help my lr regain the good coraline algae within 4 months. Is this true? If so, should i wait untill this bad algae goes away before adding the seachem. I do not want to add the algae covered LR to the new tank untill it has been fully ridden of it.
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What type of water are you using? I used to have hair algae so bad you couldn't even see the rocks. I had urchins, crabs, snails and nudibraches in there to help but they barely made a dent in it. My tap water is high in nitrates which didn't help. I bought a RO/DI unit and within a month the hair algae was gone. I belive the hair algae killed alot of my coralline as well but it's coming back and looking great. HTH
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Testing for phosphate would be a good idea. Then RO/DI water for top-offs and changes. How old are the bulbs in your current fixture?
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After making sure your water is right, get a pincushion urchin. I got one a couple weeks ago and he eats 3 times as much as both of my long spined urchins combined. He will eventually eat all the hair algae and then he will start eating coralline, but you wont have to worry about nuisance algae anymore.
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I could only see one pic. But it looks like a bad case of hair algae I would go for an urchin to help keep it grazed. The puffer shouldn't mess with it
ok the pictures havent been working so i tried another hosting serivce

http://usera.imagecave.com/wazuph2o/tank/

This should work. Also Even w/o the hair algae the rock has lost its red/purple coloring. What can be causing the hair algae and how do i stop it. What are my other options besides buying an urchin. Also i have heard that using seachem reef or something like that, it will help my lr regain the good coraline algae within 4 months. Is this true? If so, should i wait untill this bad algae goes away before adding the seachem. I do not want to add the algae covered LR to the new tank untill it has been fully ridden of it.
No wonder you think lr is ugly. I haven't had this problem (yet), but I can tell you that that is not how lr is supposed to look. Look through some of the pictures in the photo gallery and I'll bet you'll change your mind about lr.
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Hair algae like that isn't normal. I wouldn't experiment with cleaners, because that doesn't eliminate the problem. You have an abundance of nutrients, are you using tapwater? Also, some puffers have urchin's on their natural menus...they could end up being a snack like everything else even though you'd think the spines would be intimidating. IMO, improving the water quality will go far in eliminating the hair algae while promoting better conditions for desirable algaes.

As far as lighting, you can upgrade the lighting without going to all out "reef lighting". PC's are a nice enhancement, and should not bother the puffer. Some folks have said they grow coralline with NO lighting, I have never been able to.
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well i am going 2nite to get my water tested by an expert water tester I told you that LR was ugly After i get my results i will then take this to a new level as some have you described, RO, urchins. lighting. I will review each one of your posts and will decide what actian to take after the results
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