Fish Suggestion

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  1. APC

    APC Gigas Clam

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    Hi All,

    Does anyone have a suggestion on what type of fish I can get to help with Hair Algae? I don't have a lot mind you, but there is enough that I think I can sustain a grazing fish without much problem.

    I am looking for a small fish that can hold its own, and won't mess with my soft or hard corals. I have a 45 gallon tank that is mostly reef (tons of soft coral, 80lbs of live rock, snails, red leg hermits, etc.). I have 2 tank raised percula clowns as well.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Adam
     
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  3. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Lawnmower blenny. :)
     
  4. rickzter

    rickzter Torch Coral

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    Lawnmower blenny. Rainfordi goby. ;D
     
  5. APC

    APC Gigas Clam

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    Will they eat the little bit that has grown in between my zooanthid colony?
     
  6. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The lawnmower should, as long as the strands aren't too long (and as long as the algae isn't bryopsis or some other algae that is toxic to fish).
     
  7. Reef Lover

    Reef Lover Sea Dragon

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    I have a bicolor blenny that eat my hair algae.
     
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  9. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've had bi-colors nip at clam mantles. I don't trust them :)
     
  10. APC

    APC Gigas Clam

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    Thanks All. The guy at the LFS suggested a small foxface rabbit fish. Any thoughts?
     
  11. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    IMO, your tank is too small for a foxface.
     
  12. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't agree with getting a fish to control algae problems. Try to elliminate the algae the correct way by removing the algae food "Nitrates and Phosphates". Try to increase your water chage frequency and reduce your feeding amounts. This will greatly improve your algae problem. This way you can get a fish you want and not one you think you need

    J