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SonRK
11/07/2014, 09:13 AM
http://i.imgur.com/EfbjTzs.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BQ48OWB.jpg


They've had pretty rapid growth in the past 2 weeks or so, obviously going to try to take care of this ASAP by checking TDS level of my RODI water, etc.

Will do a big water change this week, and I guess pluck out any that are easy to remove.

Just wanted to make sure it wasn't anything harder to take care of

SnoopyDaPimp
11/07/2014, 10:06 AM
That is what it looks like to me, I had the same problem a few months ago. Clean as much as you can and continue to do regular water changes. I also ran a nitrate sponge to help reduce it to minimize the algae growth. Had my wife sew some of the pellets in a biofloss bag and added them into the second stage of my filter.

gone fishin
11/07/2014, 12:12 PM
That would be some GHA. Pulling it out always made me feel better in a there take that kind of way :lol:.

Is the tank pretty new if so it may come and go. Stick to pulling it out and trying to see what is the cause and it can be beat. Good luck

Sk8r
11/07/2014, 02:57 PM
Yep. If it gets really bad, a GFO reactor can help. Ask and I'll be happy to tell you how that works.

55mixreef8236
11/22/2014, 12:33 PM
If you have a lasting GHA problem than Emerald Crabs will do the trick. My 55 was 90% covered in it and dispite all the efforts i made to get rid of it it just got worse. But eventually i got 5 Emerald crabs and within 2 days it was almost completely eradicated.

garyinco
11/22/2014, 08:20 PM
A lawnmower blenny MIGHT help. A sea hare destroys GHA. But I've never been able to keep one alive for more than a few weeks. Their backs split open and its possible they will release a messy toxin. If the tank is large enough, like in the 100 gallon+ range there are fish like tangs and foxface that are aggressive algae eaters. You don't want to put one of those in a smallish tank though.

Best thing is to figure out a way to starve it out, even slowly. If I were you I would start checking out the GFO option. It extracts phosphates which really fuel GHA. Bulkreefsupply sells a screw-on cannister setup that is not too pricey if you can adapt to setting it up.

There are other options but they are more elaborate in cost, plumbing and maintenance.

How big is your tank?

SonRK
11/23/2014, 12:39 PM
A lawnmower blenny MIGHT help. A sea hare destroys GHA. But I've never been able to keep one alive for more than a few weeks. Their backs split open and its possible they will release a messy toxin. If the tank is large enough, like in the 100 gallon+ range there are fish like tangs and foxface that are aggressive algae eaters. You don't want to put one of those in a smallish tank though.

Best thing is to figure out a way to starve it out, even slowly. If I were you I would start checking out the GFO option. It extracts phosphates which really fuel GHA. Bulkreefsupply sells a screw-on cannister setup that is not too pricey if you can adapt to setting it up.

There are other options but they are more elaborate in cost, plumbing and maintenance.

How big is your tank?


Super small tank. a 30 gallon AIO, the IM Nuvo Fusion 30L

I just added a small reactor to run some BRS High Capacity GFO. Let's see if that helps. I also took out the rock and brushed off as much algae as I could. I also suffer from a little bit of Cyano, and I already run Chemi Pure and Purigen. Waiting to break in my skimmer and hopefully all these nuisance things go away

garyinco
11/23/2014, 07:08 PM
I have one on a 24 gallon AIO. Have another on a larger tank. I really like how much better that high capacity GFO works over the regular.

ryan3
11/23/2014, 07:16 PM
Good for you, keep them in there for little time and the pod will grow and bloom, make fish food later.

kevin32
11/24/2014, 12:46 AM
Astrea snails.....

kevin32
11/24/2014, 12:46 AM
And fight conch...they are awesome