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Old 08-14-2011, 09:15 AM   #11
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Mel if I blackout my tank for a week will it will my pulsing Xenia's, Zoanthids and Greep Star Polyps?
I`ve heard people say that you could but before I tried that I would try manually removing it, feed every other day and cut lighting to 4 or 5 hrs a day. Let`s save the total black out as a last resort. Remember that it did not happen over nite and it`s not going to go away over nite. Follow that plan and it will eventually go away. Seen it many times.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:41 AM   #12
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A lot of experts weighing in here and I am most deffinately not one of them. Having said that, I will let you know what did it for me. When I put my clean up crew in the Hermit Crabs went after it in full force. My outbreak was not terrible but still, they knocked it out in a few days.
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Cleanup crew is an option BUT it's not always the best idea to add livestock to fix a problem. Me, I love hermits and snails so it's no biggie for me I actually like them after they finish cleaning up. LOL

I would say cut back the lighting some, remove what you can manually and do water changes. It will make a good sized dent in your problem.
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Cleanup crew is an option BUT it's not always the best idea to add livestock to fix a problem. Me, I love hermits and snails so it's no biggie for me I actually like them after they finish cleaning up. LOL

I would say cut back the lighting some, remove what you can manually and do water changes. It will make a good sized dent in your problem.
I agree Carey however in my case, the tank was empty at the time so I needed a CUC anyway. I added the 10 hermits and 5 snails with the first of my fish which were a pair of clowns.
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Oh cool, I'm not against cuc by any means, just the thought of adding them specifically and in abundance to fix an issue.

I have a sea hare that I got cause he is soo cute, but some people buy them just to eat the algae which I think is a mistake. My tank doesnt have much algae but i love my hare either way. lol

The size of your crew isnt that large but they should also be helping with your algae issue, not becoming part of the problem.

Good luck, try some of the suggestions listed above and let us know. Cutting the lights some and removal should produce some results in not a very long amount of time.
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I removed a big amount of green hair algae and it looks great, i currently have a blue leg hermit and a turbo snail eating the rest, im still getting salifert test kits making sure the water levels are ok, then its on to some livestock
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