07-30-2010, 08:43 AM
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Well I don't have any secret when it comes to the algae. This tank has gotten a 5 gallon ish water change every 2 weeks since I started it. During these I do rip up some algae and siphon it out. Also I got a maintence tool which is basically a razor blade on a stick that is great for cleaning the glass. I think my clean up crew is also just about right now plus my tang eats everything.
When the tank was new I was having a tough time keeping the Ca, Alk and Mag levels as high as I wanted but ever since I got them to a good place I haven't even had to dose much at all to keep them there. I use ESV Bionic 2 part and Kent Tech M.
Maybe 10 days ago I setup a small hang on fuge with some sand, rubble rock and chaeto. Hopefully that is doing its part and absorbing some nutrients too.
Honestly if I had to guess the single biggest difference in my care of the tank recently which is leading to less algae it would be less wasted food. My 3 fish used to be very shy when I was near the tank and would eat but would be skittish. Now any time I go near the tank around dinner time all 3 are front and center and I get the feeling I could throw in endless pellets and they would never touch the sand.