Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site
Tropical Fish Forums
Aquarium fishkeeping around the world!
 
ChatChat  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
SW Hair algae; any more advice?
 Forum Index > Saltwater Basics  Reply to topic   Post new topic
Author Message
invertmaniac
Regulars


Joined: 22 Dec 2006
Location: Wheaton IL

PostPosted: 2010.10.30(Sat)6:18    Post subject: SW Hair algae; any more advice? Reply with quote

I got a phosguard which has seemed to have haulted a lot of the growth, but the crap is still all over. My Mexican Turbo has done nothing to it, neither have my Astreas. If the emerald crab is doing anything, it isn't noticeable either. I am doing weekly 5g water changes on a 29g Cube. Lighting is a Viper fixture but I have forgotten the wattage (It's powerful enough to grow SPS though). I've cut back lighting to ~7-11 hours a day.

I wish I could just get a tiny Yellow Tang to take it out, but he would get way too big way too fast. Sea hares seem like an expensive waste because most die quickly. Any other unknown super-algae-eater that has been kept a mystery to everyone?

Regardless I'll try to scrub the crap out of my rocks tomorrow before I water change.
_________________
Trying to spawn Barbs and Clowns
>.<
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
yosef
Members


Joined: 02 Jan 2008
Location: Israel

PostPosted: 2010.10.31(Sun)0:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are two get rid of hair algae:

1.Use a toothbrush to grab the algae and twist, then just pull and take it out.

2.Siamese flying fox one of the only fish that eat hair algae,and although they can eat some types of plants they will not destroy them.

3.Molly's are also a type of fish that eat hair algae.

Those are the the ways I get rid of the algae.

And also hair algae only happens in a healthy tank so be happy about it.

This is a good source about SEA (Siamese algae eater)
http://badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile102.html

good luck.
_________________
yosef.c.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
SoS
Advisors


Joined: 16 Feb 2003
Location: PA, USA

PostPosted: 2010.10.31(Sun)1:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best at getting into those nooks and cranies is a Lettuce nudibranch. They are also pretty cheap too.
_________________
150 Gallon (567.811768 liters) community tank, 50 Gallon African Tank, 7 reef tanks, 6 FOLR, 28 freshwater tanks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
invertmaniac
Regulars


Joined: 22 Dec 2006
Location: Wheaton IL

PostPosted: 2010.10.31(Sun)9:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yosef this is Saltwater Hair Algae, not FW.

And I thought that a Sea Hare was the same thing as a Lettuce Nudibranch.
_________________
Trying to spawn Barbs and Clowns
>.<
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Osprey
Advisors


Joined: 15 May 2006
Location: Okotoks, AB

PostPosted: 2010.11.02(Tue)12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope. Lettuce Nudis are completely different. Wink
These are Lettuce Nudibranchs:

They're a about an inch long when fully grown.

Sea Hare:

There are many different species; some can grow more than a foot long.


I agree that lettuce nudis are marvelous for taking care of algae; I had some come in on hitchhikers once and was quite astonished at the resulting population explosion.
_________________
Am I obsessed? Wait a minute... don't answer that!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
FloridaBoy
Moderators


Joined: 04 Jul 2004

PostPosted: 2010.12.15(Wed)10:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

Just so we're all on the same page; the so-called "Lettuce Nudibranchs" (usually Elysia crispata or Elysia clarki) offered in the trade are not nudibranchs at all, they are herbivorous sacoglossans.

Sea Hares (Anaspidea), sacoglossans (Sacoglossa) and nudibranchs (Nudibranchia), are all very different types (Orders) of Sea Slugs.

Bill Rudman has reported that some nudibranchs have the ability to store algae, but nudibranchs are all carnivorous feeders and terrible candidates for captivity because their feeding habits are so specific.

In contrast, the herbivorous sacoglossans have the ability to both store and feed on the algae in your aquarium. All sacoglossans are true herbivores, and feed by sucking the cell sap out of the algae they feed on. Hope this helps. Smile
_________________
Keepin' marines happy for 25 years
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Saltwater Basics All times are GMT - 6 Hours Reply to topic   Post new topic
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L