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Sitarangi
03/13/2010, 06:27 PM
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Coraline algae seems to be blooming in full force in my tank, while not necessarily bad, I'm afraid it's toll on my calcium levels.... not to mention my view of the tank. I do like how it looks however and I believe it is an indicator of a healthy tank. Are there any decent clean-up animals that eat it? I hear some sea urchins will eat it. My tank is stocked with the following:

Black Clownfish
2 x Bangaii Cardinals
Sixline Wrasse
Tailspot Blenny
Sleeper Banded Goby

BrooksReef
03/13/2010, 06:30 PM
You might want to scrape all but the back glass with a razor blade... that is what I do.

noahm
03/13/2010, 06:39 PM
Some urchins love it, but they will not keep everything clean, only make trails all over. You will need to just keep up on scraping. If you do it often, it really doesn't seem to ever get a foothold.

Sitarangi
03/13/2010, 06:43 PM
Some urchins love it, but they will not keep everything clean, only make trails all over. You will need to just keep up on scraping. If you do it often, it really doesn't seem to ever get a foothold.

That makes sense... what i'm really looking for is something to control it, not really remove it all together. Are there any tangs that are known to snack on it? I do have some extra space in my 150g when it gets too big.

Mounda
03/13/2010, 06:46 PM
That's a lot of coraline, you'd only need to scrape some off so it doesn't obstruct your view unless you like the pinkish hues. Are you dosing anything ?

What The?
03/13/2010, 06:47 PM
Scrape some off and send it to me, I will help u control it. As in i will take what you dont need.

Sitarangi
03/13/2010, 06:56 PM
That's a lot of coraline, you'd only need to scrape some off so it doesn't obstruct your view unless you like the pinkish hues. Are you dosing anything ?

Carbon and ROWAphos. It is a 29g tank with a 10g sump/fuge. It has a tunze nano skimmer than runs really really dry (it's a piece of crap TBH). Nitrates are >5ppm, ammonia, nitrites, phosphates are 0. The tank has 3 koralia 1's and nearly all filtration is done through the 40ish pounds of LR and the fuge. The tank has been running nearly 3 years. I do 5 gallon w/c a week with RO water and oceanic salt.

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This is a year old pic (less algae so you can see the set-up better)

The tank has been running off and on as a reef.

http://i41.*******.com/3523s46.jpg

Theres a pic of the tank about 2 years ago as a frag tank. Bonus points if you can spot the fuzzy dwarf lion!

OckMed
03/13/2010, 09:55 PM
Wow. Maybe add some snails. Maybe a mag float.

ludnix
03/13/2010, 10:05 PM
Mag float + easy blade attachment. No animal is going to control it the way you'd want and it's not like that's going to reduce the toll on your calcium levels anymore than if you just scraped it off.

betoballer1
03/13/2010, 11:00 PM
Wow, let me have some.. my tank hast made any for almost 4 months now

Catastrophi
03/13/2010, 11:16 PM
Mag float + easy blade attachment. No animal is going to control it the way you'd want and it's not like that's going to reduce the toll on your calcium levels anymore than if you just scraped it off.

I agree.. the easy blade attachment is the best investment to keep the glass clean.