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Algae problems

Discussion in 'Marine Plants & Macroalgae' started by Sanjay, Sep 19, 2015.

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  1. Sanjay

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    Hi guys,
    I have a 2 ft cube reef.
    I am getting this film kinda algae & it grows fast & covers my rocks. It's killing my coralline algae.
    I have hermit crab & a turbo snail, but they don't seem to eat it.
    I had an urchin & cowrie that did seem to control it, but they went after my coral so had to remove it.
    Is there any other reef safe animal that likes such algae ? uploadfromtaptalk1442662601631.jpg

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    Is the algae in green color? Any air bubbles on the algae during lighting period??
    Is it slimey to touch??

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    Can't see well from the blue pic. Can you take a whiter and sharper pic ?

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  4. Sanjay

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    Its not slimy...its hard...It's like a sheet of film covering the rock......u could pull it out..but there is too much of it
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    Looks like cyano or dino to me. Is there any small tiny bubbles on it?

    Reduce your photoperiod by 2hrs.
    Water change n siphon off the cyano/dino.
    Reduce feeding and perform wet skimming.

    If these steps doesn't improve the situation, perform a 3 days blackout and wc after that.


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    Cyano & dino look slimy... This is hard like a film with no bubbles...I can even peel in places
    I have had this for a while just that my urchin may have been controlling its growth.


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    It's like the seaweed used to wrap sushi...ha ha

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    If it's hard type, you got to manual scrub off liao. Or get a small tuxedo urchin n place it above the patch.

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    Yeah will try to scrub off, but hard to get it all out...don't wanna put urchin, since the last urchin ate my zoa's....now it keeps my sump clean :)

    Has anybody tired emerald crabs, I heard they are good keeping algae in control

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    Urchins eat zoas? That's new to me.

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    Yeah I didn't know until it ate my bunch of zoas

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    It stick the zoas on the urchins body?

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    That tuxedo urchin, mine is the regular black one

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    Then you should replace it with a tuxedo urchin

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    Emerald only good for bubble algae
     
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    I am worried the tuxedo will eat my zoas.

    I don't have any bubble algae, so emerald crab wont be much of a use, plus i have read it might go after my corals if it is hungry.

    Weekend, i used straight razor to scrap off the ugly algae, got most of it out... but cant reach all..Guess i am the clean up crew for now
     
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    You worried too much...

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