Yellow Tang eating Green Hair Algae

Discussion in 'Algae' started by CntrSnr2001, Oct 6, 2010.

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  1. CntrSnr2001

    CntrSnr2001 Astrea Snail

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    Not sure if they always do this, not saying that this always happens, but I picked up a yellow tang yesterday and by the evening he was eating green hair algae everywhere in my tank!

    of course this is great, because I've been waiting for my newly added CUC plus my cheato in my fuge to take care of it before adding corals, but this guy is chowing down like a cow. i actually saw a stand get 'slurped' into his mouth lol

    anyways, i had never heard of them doing this, but I wanted to get anyone's input on this. Of course this is nice for me, but is it okay for him to be eating it all? is this normal?

    thanks!
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Most do, and some do not. Congradulations on your new fish.;D
     
  4. Vbagate

    Vbagate Flamingo Tongue

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    Totally normal. They are often kept in live rock tanks at the LFS to do just that.
     
  5. CntrSnr2001

    CntrSnr2001 Astrea Snail

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    turned out to be a very cool solution to the GHA outbreak i had during cycling!
     
  6. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    congrats you have a keeper there

    I have had maybe 3 or 4 of these over the years and did not have a single one that would browse on hair algae

    Steve
     
  7. gabbagabbawill

    gabbagabbawill Pajama Cardinal

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    I recently added a powder blue tang and that's all he will eat so far- GHA.
     
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  9. gazog

    gazog Kole Tang

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    That one is a keeper as someone else said! I have a Kole tang that will occasionally pick at it, but if given a choice it will eat anything else. So in between feedings it eats it which seems to be enough to keep the one patch I have at bay.