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    macro algea info needed

    I have a variety of macro algea growing on my live rock. I thaught my kole tang would do a number on them but he doesnt seem to be interested.(perhaps the misis are too plentyfull and tasty ) Though the algeas arent overtaking anything Ive heard they can become a nuisance to a reef tank.

    What should I do?

    Will the tang eventualy taste and llike them as part of his diet?

    Can anybody give me a link that will help me identify the different algeas in my tank?

    Hopefully somebody can give me some tips on how to deal with this.

    Thank you for the info.

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    Pat, kole tangs have a mouth designed for scraping filement algea off of surfaces and don't do that much grazing on macro algea- you may need to get another type of tang, or rabbitfish.
    Post a pic and maybe we can identify the algea.
    Macro feeds on the same nutrients as hair algea, so treat it like hair algea- manual removal skimming, water changes and reducing the food added to the tank will help keep it in check- however if you are using ocean water, I don't know what type of nutrients are in it..
    I don't have a link for you..
    I would bet that once your tank gets more established, it will go away..
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    Thanks Matt.
    Your right the kole did great at removing ALL surface algea, but wont nibble on the nori clip let alone the macros.

    Macros were growing very slowly for the first few weeks I had the tank running with the NSW, LR, no fish.
    Now with the kole, all hair algea gone, no competition for nutrients + adding garlic dipped misis 4 times a day, the macros are deffinatly liking it. I would say they are in check for now.

    Would you guess that the macros have helped keep hair algea down? Theres been virtualy no outbreak in this tank.

    Ive tried to take a few pics but they are realy out of focus.


    Getting a tang that will trim these sounds like a good option. What small tang would you recomend that will do this and stay small enough for a 75?

    Thanks.
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    Yes I bet the macros helped reduce the hair.
    Well, asking what tang will not outgrow a 75 is a pretty contentious question aroun' these here parts!!!! Lots of dabate- I'm not going to go into that. But in terms of good algea eating tangs? Purple tang, the Atlantic Blue you mentioned is also good, sailfin tang, - just about any non bristle toothed tang will do a decent job.
    btw, that's a lot of mysis!
    Matt.

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    Thanks Matt.
    The Kole seems to love the mysis. Thats how Im getting the garlic to him. Im giving him small pinches of it at a time, would you advise me to cut down a bit?

    I know what you mean about tang debate, can get prety hairy!!!

    Thanks very much.
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