11-01-2009, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack Middleton
adding live stock to counter algae doesn't solve the cause which is why I don't recommend it, your better off fighting the cause.
This really is very true. I remember the first time when I had an algae problem (especially the hair algae type) no live stocks would fix this problem. I tried at least 10 different species. At the end, I had to do a blackout for 3 days then reduced both the intensity and the duration of the light by a significant margin. Algae issue never showed up again. In my case, water parameters were fine at that time. The tricky thing is, every tank is different so you really need to see individual tank to see why algae is causing issues.
So, live stocks can eat _some_ algae, but if you have other factors that produce more algae, this will not be a solution.