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    Senior Member Nobez's Avatar
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    Question Substrate Algae

    Most of my problems have been fixed with my hair algae. I am just having some problems keeping it off the bottom. Is there some more cleaning crew that you would think would help? I was not sure if there was something that just did that.

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    get a strawberry conch. Does miracles at the bottom.

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    where would I find one, and how much should I be looking to pay?

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    I was just about to make the same post. I also am having the same problem. It seems I cant get rid of the algae on the sand bed.
    Cheers,
    Mark

    Setup:
    27 Gallon Saltwater tank, 110W PC Light, Seaclone 100, 5 gallon HOB Fuge,Approx. 30lbs Live rock, Aragamax sand substrate.
    Livestock:
    Tomato clown, Mandarin dragonnet, Bicolor Angel, Assorted hermits and snails, Cleaner Shrimp.
    Corals:
    Assorted mushrooms, Zoanthids, Finger Leather.

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    The conch may help but the question remains; why is it growing? All tanks will have some algae, that our cleanup crews tank care of, but if it's out of hand there is a reason. What is your phosphate levels from your source water and the tank? Also, did you get 'recycled' liverock?

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    Levels are within reason, this is why I am asking about crew.

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    Ivan sells strawberry conch for 25 i think? my friend Bram got one and seem to like it... how big do they get though, i have no idea.

    if its hair algae on the bottom, the hermits should take care of it... i hear blue-legged is particularily fond of of hair algae

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    Did Bram get it from Ivan? or from the Ktown area?

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    he went up to ottawa and got it from ivan, maybe u can see about borrowing his conch if he's willing

    he also has a tiger conch that just about destroyed every visible algae in my tank.. pretty cool, but it also ate my Zoanthids...

    i have a pencil urchin that's doing a good job on hair algae in bram's tank

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    Conch would be the best bet then, fighting or strawberry, as they are stuck to the sandbed.

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