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    Herbivors

    Outside of Tangs and Rabbitfishes are there any other family's of fish that will scrape the rocks for algaes like they do?
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    Get a pair of black molies (~$5.00 each). Acclimate them to salt water. They will constantly pick at algae everywhere and they are live breeders, so they will also provide a good natural source of live food as well.

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    I had mollies in the fuge when I first set it up. Didn't realize that they were algae eaters. May make an interesting option.

    I forgot to include the lawnmower blenny in my first post. I am also trying to avoid these as I have read that they can become a little mean and may nip clams, which I like better then the lawnmower
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    no other fish come to mind and i know everyone has a hate on for them but ...... i like hermits ( yeah i'm not ashamed to say it ) for this, they can scour rock clean.

    another option might be to rent a lettuce nudibranch.

    PS: when i had a lawnmower he never touched anything but film algae on the glass. you could always see where he had been because of his little mouth print.
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    I'm not trying to get rid of hair alges, my replacing my DI media, adding a phosban reactor and 6 mexican turbos made short work of that. I am more trying to get rid of some of the other small algae that I notices grows in this tank now that I no longer have tangs. I also read that herbivour fish help keep bubble algae at check by eating the spores before they really get a chance to grow.

    I may have to break down and get the yellow tang the wife keeps telling me she wants. I just really didn't want any tangs after seeing them in Hawaii.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShipWreck View Post
    I may have to break down and get the yellow tang the wife keeps telling me she wants.

    i had yellow years ago ( died in a move, broken heater over night :b8: ) but he never touched any algae on the rock. i have a purple now that does the same ( the ORG has the cutest little purples in right now, i know the wife would be in love ).

    i still stand by my hermits, they eat it all. maybe add a few emeralds for the bubble if it isn't to bad. i would think that a big tang would rupture more algae than anything?
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    What about a foxface. Are they rabbitfish??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZXZXZ View Post
    What about a foxface. Are they rabbitfish??
    yes they are in that family. I am thinking about buying a 1" yellow tang and see if it will help clean the algae and then sell him! what do you think?

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    I think not Tyler!!!!!!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzy View Post
    I think not Tyler!!!!!!!!!!


    Hey don't I sound like your mom lol
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