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Old 09-01-2012, 07:57 PM   #11
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It's a 35 gallon hex and I have,

2 black clown fish
3 fire fish
1 yellow tail bi color Blenny
1 yellow wrasse (can't think of the name)
1 goby (it's torpedo shaped)


I feed once a day, flake food, only what they can eat.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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That may be overstocked. Algae and water quality can be hard to control in hex tanks. Most light fixtures can't properly reach the bottom and it takes a lot of flow to oxygenate them as well.

One issue you're likely to run into with a HOB refugium is fit. You might not have enough length to fit any but the smallest HOB refugiums. How long is the back panel and is there already a filter on the back?

Honestly, with a 30 hex tank you'll be better off investing in a skimmer. It would go a long way to oxygenate a tall tank with a small surface. It'll also help pull out excess organics that feed the algae. I know a refugium would help with both issues, too. I'm just not sure you could hang a large enough refugium to be of help. Those glass panels are narrow.
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That may be overstocked. Algae and water quality can be hard to control in hex tanks. Most light fixtures can't properly reach the bottom and it takes a lot of flow to oxygenate them as well.

One issue you're likely to run into with a HOB refugium is fit. You might not have enough length to fit any but the smallest HOB refugiums. How long is the back panel and is there already a filter on the back?

Honestly, with a 30 hex tank you'll be better off investing in a skimmer. It would go a long way to oxygenate a tall tank with a small surface. It'll also help pull out excess organics that feed the algae. I know a refugium would help with both issues, too. I'm just not sure you could hang a large enough refugium to be of help. Those glass panels are narrow.

I don't think being over stocked or the possibility of being over stocked is the issue...my algae problem was worse when I only had 3 fish, lol believe it or not! I've made some changes in food and how I feed and it seems to have slowed growth down tremendously. The problem is I want algae gone!

Flow is not problem I have two power heads the give my tank plenty of flow!

Yes, there is a filter already on the back that I plan to replace with some sort of canister. The length across the back is a foot long so would have to find a very small one! Any ideas?

I think what I'll do is invest in a protein skimmer and see how that goes!
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I don't think being over stocked or the possibility of being over stocked is the issue...my algae problem was worse when I only had 3 fish, lol believe it or not! I've made some changes in food and how I feed and it seems to have slowed growth down tremendously. The problem is I want algae gone!

Flow is not problem I have two power heads the give my tank plenty of flow!

Yes, there is a filter already on the back that I plan to replace with some sort of canister. The length across the back is a foot long so would have to find a very small one! Any ideas?

I think what I'll do is invest in a protein skimmer and see how that goes!
That's good to hear. Plenty of flow and careful feeding were good steps.

I don't know of a refugium that'll fit though I'm willing to bet you could find one online that'll be about a foot long.

Just to make certain.. about how old are the lamps in your light fixture. I'm willing to bet that a skimmer would help control your algae, but I want to factor out every possible cause from your system that I can.
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That's good to hear. Plenty of flow and careful feeding were good steps.

I don't know of a refugium that'll fit though I'm willing to bet you could find one online that'll be about a foot long.

Just to make certain.. about how old are the lamps in your light fixture. I'm willing to bet that a skimmer would help control your algae, but I want to factor out every possible cause from your system that I can.
I've been looking, the smallest one I can find is 14 inches. I bought my lights about 3 months ago. So I think I'll bye a small skimmer for a 30-55 gallon tank. If you know of any, feel free to offer.

And to make things worse I found two fish with ich... I can't win with my salt water tank!
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I've been looking, the smallest one I can find is 14 inches. I bought my lights about 3 months ago. So I think I'll bye a small skimmer for a 30-55 gallon tank. If you know of any, feel free to offer.

And to make things worse I found two fish with ich... I can't win with my salt water tank!
Ouch! To be fair, column and tall hex tanks can be hard for many of us to keep going well without a sump and a skimmer. Don't be to hard on yourself.

About ich, you should make a post in the sick fish boards. It'll be hard to combat without a quarantine tank but not impossible. Just don't medicate your main tank if you can help it. Try making a post and get some ideas from the experts here. I always use a separate tank to treat saltwater fish.
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Ouch! To be fair, column and tall hex tanks can be hard for many of us to keep going well without a sump and a skimmer. Don't be to hard on yourself.

About ich, you should make a post in the sick fish boards. It'll be hard to combat without a quarantine tank but not impossible. Just don't medicate your main tank if you can help it. Try making a post and get some ideas from the experts here. I always use a separate tank to treat saltwater fish.
Well it wasn't ich, just sand from them sleeping on substrate!

Thanks for all the advice, I'm ordering a hang on the back skimmer tonight! Lol
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Thanks for the advice! I'm ordering a protein skimmer tomorrow when I get paid....would you know of any cheaper brand skimmers for about a 35 gallon tank?
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