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Old 12/28/2007, 12:26 PM   #1
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Fish for algae

What fish do you guys recommend for hair algae control in a 29 gallon reef? I haven't wanted to add a fish because i know it might die once all of the algae is gone but at the rate i am going i don't think that it will ever end. i have tried everything and cant get rid of it. Three days with no lights, cut down feeding from once a day to every other day, phosban, i have a fuge with cheato, and i am skimming very heavy. Nothing is working. Any ideas on fish or anything else that might help with the hair algae. I currently have turbos, nassarius snail, blue leg and scarlet hermits nothing touches it. I also have a cinnamon clown and a Falco hawk.


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Old 12/28/2007, 12:34 PM   #2
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I heard foxface eats algaes.


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Old 12/28/2007, 12:37 PM   #3
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could be bryopsis, any chance on taking some pics?


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Old 12/28/2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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I put two Scribble Foxface in my 125 and they are doing a good job on the algae. This is in addition to the cleanup crew (Snails/Emeralg Crab/Blue-leg crab) I added.

No worries about running out of algae with them. You can suppliment Nori as well.


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Old 12/28/2007, 12:47 PM   #5
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Do not use a foxfaxe, i just bought one and it only nibbles but doesn't eat also it killed my hammerhead coral (known to eat LPS) i would try a tang.

If you want (try out) i could sell mine to you for $35. I'll get pics later.


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Old 12/28/2007, 01:22 PM   #6
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I just took a few pics. I only resized them.










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Old 12/28/2007, 01:26 PM   #7
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I was thinking tang but my tank is only 29 gallons.


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Old 12/28/2007, 01:31 PM   #8
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only fish i would put in there for algae would be a lawnmower blenny... not sure if they would work (hit or miss on certain kinds). both tangs and foxface are too big for your tank


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Old 12/28/2007, 01:33 PM   #9
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i would really like something that looks a little nicer then lawnmower blenny.


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Old 12/28/2007, 01:36 PM   #10
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http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p....cfm?pCatId=69

black sailfin?


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Old 12/28/2007, 01:39 PM   #11
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i could do that one... anyone seen one locally?


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Old 12/28/2007, 02:20 PM   #12
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Try calling around someone will have it. Good luck.

Also my foxface is not for sale anymore i want to see what he can do (i just bought him so i think he was just hungry).


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Old 12/29/2007, 12:30 AM   #13
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U have some cyano too. What are your current params?


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Old 12/29/2007, 08:47 AM   #14
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Tremolo, Call Living Sea. I think I saw a Black Sailfin there yesterday. Not absolutely positive.


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Old 12/29/2007, 10:28 AM   #15
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last time i check a few days ago they were:
nitate-0
nitite-0
ammonia-0
ph-8.2
phosphate-0
calcium-400
mag.-1240
alk-normal

my alk test only gives me low normal high. it is a crappy test kit. i ordered a new one from 2 part solution so i will have better results soon. the only problem with that is i noticed that i made a typo on my shipping address. of course i noticed it after it already shipped so who knows when it will get here if it ever does. I emailed them at 2 part to see what can be done but who knows.


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Old 12/29/2007, 10:33 AM   #16
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the good thing is the house number that i put in does not exist so i am sure they will just send it back to them. I wish that i could get a tracking number so if the ups truck drives by i can flag him down and show him an id to get it.


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Old 12/31/2007, 12:14 AM   #17
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here is another option: golden sailfin blenny

picture from dfs diver den (as long as pic stay posted it will work)



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Old 12/31/2007, 07:53 AM   #18
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My freshwater Black Molly works wonders for me picking algae from glass and rocks in my reef tank.


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Old 12/31/2007, 08:36 AM   #19
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A Molly? How long do you keep him in the reef tank? He shows no stress?


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Old 12/31/2007, 08:58 AM   #20
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Try a blue tang I picked one up and he immediatly started eating my hair algae and now it is somwhat controlible. I just have a lilttle bit left to go and we will be all set


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Old 12/31/2007, 09:02 AM   #21
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my tank too small for a tang its only 29 gallons. I have been doing some reading and looks like the blennys that eat algae also nip at sps and clams. Since i have both in the tank has anyone had problems with this from lawnmower or black sailfin blennys? Those are the two that i am looking at.


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Old 12/31/2007, 09:18 AM   #22
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A Molly? How long do you keep him in the reef tank? He shows no stress?
Mollies can be converted to saltwater and actually do better in a system that uses salt compared to a completely freshwater. I think they probably do as well in a full blown salt system as they do in fresh.... you just have to acclimate them to it.

I had a friend that tried them for hair algae and all they did was pick at the sand and didnt touch the algae.


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