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normanviking
07/07/2006, 09:11 AM
Just wanted to know what you guys have used to ct least control hair algae. My Nitrates and Phosphates are all 0. I was thinking about trying to get a Sea Hare. But some one told me it was not a good idea. So any suggestions on what to check, do, or buy what be helpful.

Crit21
07/07/2006, 09:38 AM
Here's a good link:
http://www.reeftank.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&id=1

COreefer
07/07/2006, 10:34 AM
my suggestion is to erradicate it by hand and add about 40 turbo snails to your 180. Once you pull most of it, the turbos will eat it before it has time to grow back. Make sure for the first couple of weeks after doing this you keep your PH very high, like 8.6. Also make sure your Ca and Alk are balanced aty 10dkh or so, and at least 400. A LM blenny or two in a 180 would help as well.

normanviking
07/07/2006, 11:33 AM
Thanks Eric. How do I get my PH that high though? Will two Lawn Mower Blenny's be ok together in one tank? And lastly where in town do they have good deals on Turbos?

normanviking
07/07/2006, 11:35 AM
THanks for the link Dan.

COreefer
07/07/2006, 12:31 PM
I think 2 LM blennys would be fine for a time. Introduce them small and they will pay more attention to the rocks than one another. As for the turbos...let me talk to todd at Neptune's. He is going to set up a group order wfor our club. I'll talk to him and post prices soon. As for the PH, just drip kalk and raise it by .1 point each day. I have some pickling lime if you need it.

normanviking
07/07/2006, 12:59 PM
Ok sounds good. I already have one Lawn mower. That is why I was a little skeptical. Do think it would be safe to add one if Ihave that is already established? He chased my yellow watchman( who I have not seen for over a week) for four days.

COreefer
07/07/2006, 01:03 PM
Ahh if you have one, then don't add another. As soon as you get the turbos, then go to work on that hair algae...in the meantime, where does your water come from. DI and salt?

normanviking
07/07/2006, 01:10 PM
I use a six stage RO/DI unit with all new membrane and filters beginning of this year. I am currently using Instant Ocean. What kind do you recomend?

normanviking
07/07/2006, 01:14 PM
All my bulbs are new the begining of this year also. I need to change my VHO's. Do you know anywhere in town that sells six foot super actinics?

Crit21
07/07/2006, 01:18 PM
Is the lawnmower blenny eating any of it now?

normanviking
07/07/2006, 01:20 PM
I guess he is. I see him munching on the rock all the time. I do not see him where the haor algae is though.

COreefer
07/07/2006, 01:26 PM
The only way that LM will do any good is if you strip it off the rocks and enable him to manage it. Another specimen I would reccomentd is a dragon goby. I have had reat success with these eating hair algae.

normanviking
07/07/2006, 04:28 PM
Cool I would have never guessed that. I have been wanting one, but I thought they were not reef safe?

calvin415
07/07/2006, 05:24 PM
No they are reef safe, SeaScape has them in stock all the time and they also carry 72" VHO's. :)

normanviking
07/07/2006, 05:27 PM
Any idea how much Sea scape charges for the SA VHO's? OR the Dragon Wrasse? Thanks

pouponfrance
07/07/2006, 06:52 PM
Think the Dragon goby would munch on red slime? Off of rock, not substrate. That Devil's Hand is happy. How about the Colt?

COreefer
07/07/2006, 07:00 PM
Probably not poupon...Your best bet there is to ramp up the skimming and water changes for a while. At the same time add 15 or 20 turbo snails...they will eat the algae before it gets locked up with the excess nutrients.

I'd say the cost on a dragon goby Dan is around 25 or so. They are well worth it though. I had a 55 full of hair algae and the dragon goby completely took care of it. I never scrubbed a rock...he would rip it of and it would go into the filtration while the turbios did their job. He ate some of the hair algae but most was carried into the filter.

The downside on the goby is if you have a dsb...he will turn the sand and ruin the filtration qualities of the sand.

Dan one other thing...as far as the DG being reef safe, I would say they are 90%...I had one that ripped zoanthids off a rock. The only threat it would pose is toward your zoos, but if the hair algae problem is that bad, it will be worth the sacrifice.

normanviking
07/07/2006, 08:31 PM
Is a Dragon Goby also called a Brownbarred Goby? Who has them?

COreefer
07/07/2006, 09:14 PM
yeah...thats the same one. I saw one at Neptune's a few weeks ago...maybe seascape has one as well. They used to always have them.

I'd check Petco too...

calvin415
07/07/2006, 09:34 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7701007#post7701007 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by COreefer
I'd check Petco too...

:eek2: Turning to the dark side are you? :strooper:

normanviking
07/08/2006, 07:40 AM
LOL, Cool thanks Eric. I will have to see if I can find one today.

rekn
07/10/2006, 07:55 AM
dont get adragon wrasse, they are different than the goby. the wrasse gets a foot long and flips rocks in nature

murfman
07/10/2006, 03:52 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7698331#post7698331 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by normanviking
All my bulbs are new the begining of this year also. I need to change my VHO's. Do you know anywhere in town that sells six foot super actinics?

SeaScape does, they run around $36 for the bulb IIRC.

green wrasse
07/10/2006, 04:26 PM
seascapes also has stuff called S.A.T. marine clarifier it worked great for me with the addition of LM ,Snails and hermit I guess it's live bacteria that feeds on whats feeding the algae before it gets a chance to worked very slow but effective to this daynot one strand of hair algae no adverse effect on anything although I dont have a fuge with algae it may effect that just a thought

murfman
07/10/2006, 04:40 PM
there is also a product called ALGON that I have used in the past to reduce nutrients that algae feed on. It is mail order though.