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Old 12-27-2008, 01:07 PM   #21
 
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you need a lawnmower or two in there.
well, the thing is, the algae isn't 'long' or hairy, in fact, its pretty much flush against the rock. Almost like green coralline, but I'm almost positive it isn't coralline. If I get it quickly on the glass, it comes off VERY easily, and turns into "dust" as it gets wisked away in the water column. But on the back, where I don't scrub as often, it's almost impossible to get off, I have to use one of those aquarium scrubbers with a handle, and use a lot of elbow grease to put a dent in it. I haven't tried scrubbing the rocks, but I have a feeling it will be the same.

My blenny and tang don't touch the green stuff on the rocks, and even the snails which move right over it don't remove any of it .
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:09 PM   #22
 
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wow, that sounds a lot like what i have, only my Naso eats it. snails do nothing to it and hermits just walk around it. i don't clean my back glass and it shows an ugly green background... I use a algae scraper to take mine off and it takes a lot of work too. Samething maybe? it's not on my rock though, only a little GHA is.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:11 PM   #23
 
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haha, the tang is tiny... I just got him, and he's a really small juvenile. He'll get much bigger obviously . In fact, the 4-stripe is even bigger than him right now! For the first day or so, the 4-stripe was picking on him a little bit, but that stopped quickly, and now the tang will charge at the 4-stripe from time to time. No biting though, just a little bit of machismo.
wow that is tiny if a 4-stripe is doing all that. you should get some progression shots with the fish, that'd be cool.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:13 PM   #24
 
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yeah, its frustrating. I just wish I could be sure whether it was "new tank syndrome", or a symptom of a problem I haven't yet identified. I really don't think it's water quality-related, but if it was new tank syndrome, I would have thought it would have receded more by now since I've had it for closer to two months now.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:18 PM   #25
 
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Yeah, mines' about the same. the tank is coming up to 6mo old now. i don't think it's nts, but i don't know. how old is your bulb?
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:23 PM   #26
 
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I just replaced my bulbs at the start of November. I had my original bulbs when I moved out here in August (they were about a year old, a little less since they hadn't been used in ~2 months during the move), but quickly replaced them. I hadn't thought about that, maybe the old bulbs allowed the algae to start growinh, though it has flourished under the new ones. I'll definitely keep this thread updated with pics to see if it gets better or worse.

I almost want to PM SKAustin or Pasfur to point them to our tank threads, and see if they recognize what kind of algae we have and more importantly what causes it.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:49 PM   #27
 
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yeah, something. I'm considering leaving the lights off for 3days to get rid of it... but i don't know how i feel about that yet...
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:05 PM   #28
 
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I did exactly that, leave the lights off for three days, and it did help (didn't eliminate it though). Before I did that I read that doing so for only three days won't be enough to really hurt corals, though I don't keep corals, so I don't know that from experience
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:19 PM   #29
 
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I"ve read the same too, but the last time i did it, my birdsnest looked pretty pathetic when i turned the lights back on. Everything else was fine though.
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