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donf 04-17-2005 09:22 PM

Algae help
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My tank has been up and running for 6 weeks. I have 46 bow with 2 maxi 1200, remora pro, canister for flow only, and 196W coral life lighting. I have 60 lbs (40 keys, 20 base) from

For water changes I use pre-made from the LFS. For top off I use distilled water.

Over the past two weeks I have had a algae bloom on the back glass (green hair I believe). There was some on the front glass too but I kept on top of it with the mag-float. I bought 5 small turbo snails (astrea) this week. I also have 10 blue legged hermits. The snails dont seem to be doing much yet.

1.) Any suggestions for the green hair algae removal.
2.) can I just go at it with my mag-float or will that cause it spread on everything (LR and substrate).



arminkropp 04-18-2005 12:02 AM

Here's a link from a couple weeks ago.

I had the same problem, now after 20 turbos and a Yellow Tang. no more algae. look at the pics in the link and see.

ClamKnuckle 04-18-2005 02:24 AM

the first thing you should do is think about whats causing tha algea and eliminate that. PO4 added to your tank through food or make up water will get you a good algea bloom. here's an article on algea control from the article section:

your tank is pretty new so your issues can be due to it's age as well

When you use the mag-float this can spread spores through out the tank and help it spread too

I would get more algea eaters and let them have at it (6 snails isnt too much), and hopefully as your tak matures the issue wil go away

donf 04-18-2005 02:29 PM

Arminkropp and ClamKnuckle... Thank you for the replies.


beachbumin 04-18-2005 03:00 PM

You can also use a lawnmower blennie. They are one of my favorite fish and they eat alge all day!! Good luck

donf 05-17-2005 08:59 PM

lawnmower blenny
please see the below thread. I added a lawnmower blenny per the suggestion. He is great... so much character.
Unfortunately there is not much algae any more. The snails have eaten most of it.

I see the blenny eating off rocks/glass where there is not any algae... but not where there are patches of algae.

At this point I have bought some seaweed from the grocery store.

Please explain how to feed it to him. I clipped it to the top corner of the tank but the snails eat through and the sheet broke loose and went to the bottom.

Please give a dummy's guide to feeding this fish properly.

thank you

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