What will eat my algae??

Discussion in 'Algae' started by cooljjay, Mar 1, 2009.

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  1. cooljjay

    cooljjay Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Ok there is a photo below. I have no idea where it came from but I need some little creator to eat it up. I had one little crab that kept my tank cleaner then a surgical room, but I put a benny in their and he ate him with in an hour. So I put him in the sump well now the sump is well maintained and the main tank is full of algae. I have goby's in there now and don't dare stick him back up there. I want more turbos but mr crabs intends on stealing there shells so the big turbo had to go in the sump, i have a small turbo and another snail but they don't do the jod. the benny doesn't do what hes suppose to do. I have no idea what next to try with out the creator snacking on a fish. Money is extermely tight at the moment so I can't go out and get a huge clean up crew like I would like to. I started to pick it off but it seems to spread, i toss it in the sump and the crab gobbles it up with in a day. I will cut down on feeding and remove the strange plastic bale out of the skimmer, and save up for a big clean up crew. But wondering if you guys know of a good creator to help??

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  3. phoenixhieghts

    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    I have the same type if algae in my tank - only a little not quite as much as you.
    I have all different types of turbos including mexican and none are touching it - but i've been doing some research as i believe its derbresia. Sea urchins eat it and also sea hares i think.
     
  4. CAPOEIRA014

    CAPOEIRA014 Plankton

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    I read in another thread, that a woman used a sea horse to eat this type of algae. She said, once she put it in the sea horse went to town - practically clearing away all algae.
     
  5. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sea hare is probably what you're talking about? Sea horses do not eat algae. Can you take a close up picture of the algae so we can give you a positive i.d. on it?
     
  6. ThirstyDuck

    ThirstyDuck Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    I had the same problem. I have a 90 gallon and I put in 30 blue leg crabs and in about a week it was a lot better. It's been a month now and no sign of algae. They clean all day and night. Cost me $30 for them, well worth it.
     
  7. salsalito25

    salsalito25 Stylophora

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    The sea hare and Pumpkin Urchin are your best bang for your buck.. Only thing is when the sea hare cleans house to well you need to find him a new home if he starves to death he can nuke your tank.. Meaning when it dies releases a toxin that can wipe your tank out..

    If i am wrong please someone help me out..!!



    Good luck.....
     
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  9. white-rasta

    white-rasta Bristle Worm

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    aree you using tap water?
     
  10. Tangster

    Tangster 3reef Sponsor

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    I can't See the algae myself and unless I can see what type it is then there is no way for me to-say would could control it .. There are many algae species now days in the hobby nothing will eat . Or nothing we can find or get hold of..Post a brighter photo first ..