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    Algae Scraping

    Hey,

    Just wondering something... If you took just 10 minutes a day, every day, to go over your tank glass with an algae magnet, do you think it would stop algae (including coralline) from ever taking up residence in the first place? Technically it should keep your tank glass spotless from day one, no?
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    yes, without question- it will keep all types of algea from taking hold.
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    if!!! you do it everyday, haven't seen to many people do it though. very easy to forget or get to busy and miss it.

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    it worked really well for freshwater
    i find that salt water algae can hold a heck of alot better
    also could be the strength of the magnet i was using
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    Well, I was just thinking because this tank I'm looking at getting built is so huge it would be an absolute disaster if I let it encrust itself with coralline on the viewing panes like my 30-gallon did. I mean, I don't even think I could REACH the bottoms of the panes without going swimming. So while it's manageable to do, I'd like to have to put a bikini top on and dive in as INFREQUENTLY as possible. I'm thinking these 10 minutes might be worth it. ;-)

    Thanks for the responses!
    Jenn

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    Well in the first few months of my 90 Gallon tank I would spend a few hours on every weekend, scrubbing glass, cleaning, and sifting the sand... even take out all equipment and clean them. That's not to mention all the magfloat cleaning I did through the week.
    I am a busy person, and I was using what little free time I have to do this. Well it was frustrating as hell,.. and I gave up for a few weeks. It looked bad for about 2 weeks, then my Huge Green Grazer snails decided to eat like pigs! They did an amazing job on my glass and equipment! I was impressed.. so now I just let everything in the tank do it's job.


    And I'm ordering a ton more of these snails! (got them from here)

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    Did these snails also clean off the coraline? Did they leave it alone on the rocks? I have coraline that I can't reach at the bottom/middle of my tank and would love to get rid of it but I also really like it on my rocks.

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    A diadem urchin may take care of the corralline but they dont discriminate between rocks and glass and if you have loose rockwork/corals etc they are a no no.
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    Ruth - my snails did not eat any of the coraline.. and the coraline is spreading quite quickly on my rocks.. The snails I got from here (Ivan) eat all the brown, green stuff really good though! I will be ordering more in a few weeks for sure.

    I haven't cleaned the back wall of my tank in almost 2 months and look how clean it is and my powerheads and skimmer pump. I swear by these snails..



    Here is the snail.. it's really neat to watch them move too!

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    That IS impressive! Thanks Clownchick! How many are suggested per gallon (or per square inch of glass)??
    Jenn

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