View Full Version : Need gha eater

07/06/2017, 03:44 PM
I have a yellow eye tang but it does not gha, need a gha eating machine. Had a lawnmower blennie but died look like it was starving shrunken stomach

07/06/2017, 05:09 PM
A yellow-eyed Tang cannot eat anything longer than a quarter inch. They actually rasp the rock with their mouth.
They do not have the ability to coil up spaghetti on a spoon.

Turbo snails and trochus snails are a first choice.

We have five in our 75-gallon tank and that is plenty.

Any more and they just starve and then die and then cause another phosphate Spike.

Your main issue is getting the extra phosphate out of the tank.

Hand-pick everything that you can.

Simply letting the snails eat it and then poop it back out is not enough.

What are you using for phosphate export?

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07/06/2017, 07:34 PM
Following! Having similar problem with GHA.What would recommend for phosphate export?
New in the hobby....

07/06/2017, 08:39 PM
Have skimmer, refugium with ball o cheato, low n& P so all tied up in gha, have 6 trochus but getting it done

07/09/2017, 10:42 AM
Any of the phosphate removers work.
GFO it's one of the more popular and less expensive but a little messy.
We are currently using the white aluminum-based beads. Phos something or other Xtrax, Guard, etc.

This happens to work better in the HOB strainer plates because of their more consistent size and much less "fines". (Product dust)

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07/09/2017, 05:32 PM
I just used Fluconazole to rid my 150G of GHA, I'm now using it for my 40G. Try it. All the cool kids are using it nowadays.

07/09/2017, 05:55 PM
Did that once just a bandaid for gha, great for bryopsis

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07/09/2017, 06:49 PM
Ahh, hopefully it works more than a bandaid for me, but we'll see.

I think Snails and Urchins helped a little with GHA, but not enough to really make a noticeable difference. Sounds like you need more nutrient control rather than adding more CUC. Maybe time to start carbon dosing, like NOPOX?

07/10/2017, 01:23 PM
IME, Lawnmower/Starry Blenny and a Foxface has been great.