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Unread 02/24/2009, 06:18 PM   #1
mgny
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Black Mollies for hair algea?

Got a tip to control some hair algea in my frag tank. Was wondering if anyone has tried it, and any problems they may cause. I'm tempted to go try a few right now but figured i better ask first. thanks Mike


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Unread 02/24/2009, 06:29 PM   #2
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Mike - Have a trio in my tank but for other reasons.
Just drip them & you should be OK.


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Unread 02/24/2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Seems to easy Vinny. If it works i will kick myself!!!


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Unread 02/24/2009, 08:12 PM   #4
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I have dalmation mollies in my main tank and frag tank


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Unread 02/24/2009, 08:45 PM   #5
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Andy do they do the job?


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Unread 02/24/2009, 09:35 PM   #6
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What exactly do you do when you "drip them"? I understand you slowly dip saltwater into their tank or container but how long should it take and how many drops per hour? I guess I am looking for details or step by step...


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Unread 02/24/2009, 10:41 PM   #7
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They pick at it constantly but don't touch bryopsis and in my opinion they are not as good as a foxface or rabbitfish. I just like the fish. They had babies in my frag tank that lived until the 6-line picked them off.

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I just put the mollies in a small bucket(fresh water) and drip salt water from the tank for about 15 minutes. I have found them to be pretty hardy and actually are more active in the salt water than fresh


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Unread 02/25/2009, 11:30 AM   #8
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I am going to try this over the weekend. Do you know if they even eat bryopsis? I have a species that looks like a fern cant seem to get rid of it?

Thanks for the info!


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Unread 02/26/2009, 01:10 PM   #9
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Let me know if you have any luck with the mollies eating Bryopsis. I have a terrible algae problem. I bought a sea hare and some big turbo snails from Andy. The sea hare does not like the Bryopsis. The turbos are pretty good, but they are bulldozers.
The only thing that I have heard works with Bryopsis is raising MG with Kent Tech-M. No other MG supplement works.


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Unread 02/27/2009, 02:16 PM   #10
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Did you try them yet Mike?


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Unread 02/27/2009, 02:28 PM   #11
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hey Victor, started with 4. One went carpet surfin! The other 3 are starting to settle in.They haven't started to pick yet. will keep you posted.


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Unread 02/28/2009, 06:49 AM   #12
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aquahut has a tankfull in sw


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Unread 03/09/2009, 05:52 PM   #13
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Update Mike?


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Unread 03/10/2009, 10:04 AM   #14
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Andy,

Do mollies work better then algae blennies?


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Unread 03/10/2009, 12:05 PM   #15
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Hey Guys, 2 of them made it. They are starting to graze a little. hopefully they will pick it up. The mexican turbos are doin a great job in the frag tank. You can manually put them up on the rack when the lights go out and they go to work.


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Unread 03/10/2009, 12:12 PM   #16
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I don't know how much how much of a dent they really put in the algae. They do eat it , but can they keep up with an aggressive algae, that is asking a lot . They have had babies in my frag tank so they definately don't mind the salt. I am trying to convince people that they are a rare RED SEA species and sell them LOL

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Unread 03/16/2009, 12:14 PM   #17
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I had hair algae and finally got rid of it. I have a lot of flow in my tank and my nitrate and phosphates measured 0. I was told that the hair algae was consuming the phosphates before they had a chance to register.

What worked very quickly was increasing my clean up crew. I bought a bunch of hermit crabs and emerald crabs and that did the trick. It seems that if you keep the hair algae short, the clean up crew does a great job. However, it seems like the crew does not do as well on hair algae that has grown long. So I had to scrub that down. And after a couple of weeks, almost all of it is gone. What a pain.

The negative is that I heard from Ralphie a while back, that it seems like emerald crabs don't last a long time in the aquarium. I can vouch for the ones that I had. However, they do make an excellent part of the crew. They pick the rock clean. Very hard workers.


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