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    Salt Change = Hair Algea?

    I have been fighting a hair algea problem for weeks. I am running Phosban, I've got a 55 gal fuge full of macro, my TDS is 2, and I am feeding real light.

    I thought I had it beat 2 weeks ago, but then I did a big water change and went on a trip. When I came back it was a mess!

    It occurs to me that this started at about the same time I changed to Oceanic Salt. Is there any chance that the new salt could be an issue?

    The next step for me is a big skimmer upgrade and ozone. I am running out of ideas.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Yes, there could be a link. I have been following a thread on reef central about Oceanic salt. People claimed to have a similar problem, but their algea was brownish in color I will find the link...

    Colby
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    Here is the link.... I hope it helps. http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...hreadid=471242

    Colby
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    IMO Consistency is the key to Stability and the two combined are the key to success in our hobby. Sometimes the smallest changes can have "the straw that broke the camels back" effect on our precariously balanced setups. The salt brand change could have been the triger.
    Rob

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    Thanks for the link. Doesn't look like a "smoking gun" sort of cause and effect but I am running out of ideas.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Bill do you have a hoard of astrea snails in your tank? If not, you should, they do a better job than any other for cleaning rocks etc of algea.
    I can't help you on the salt change thing, but i do agree with Rob about consistancy and stability.
    Matt.

    Old system torn down to make a playroom.. planning a 62x42x28 high

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    I am thinking the lower Ph also isn't helping since I stopped dosing Kalk. The amazing thing is that I am still getting real nice coral growth and pretty good color. I have a bunch of different snails but not much is touching the algea. Maybe it is time to unleash the killer urchin from the fuge. :devil2:

    And...I am going to take the ozone plunge. I know it is not natural, but I am running out of biology.

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    Cool

    ASTREA'S are a huge pain in the arse, they fall off and when they do they'll die unless you flip them over. AC has some green turbo grazors [not the mexican ones] that rule!!

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    IJO,


    Bring a half dozen over to the MASO meeting please!

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    Bill,

    Have you looked into SeaHares?
    They are voracious hair-algae/briopsys eaters.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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