green and start of red hair algae in fuge??

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    felixfish newbie reefer

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    I noticed over the past two weeks or so, there is more green and the start of red hair algae starting to form on the walls of my 8 gal HOB fuge on my 55 gal. I did have the green algae bloom in the main tank, but after running my fuge it has all but disapeared. Should I replace my T8 light bulb (over refugium), or get some snails for the fuge to get rid of some of the algae? I don't want it to get out of control, or is this mornal?
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    Northstar24 The Tang Herder

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    I wouldnt worry about it too much. Snails in the 'fuge will just find their way into your return pump - trust me - pulling apart your return pump to dig out snail shells at 3 AM sucks

    Ask me how I know :)
     
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    actually my pump for the fuge is in my main tank connected to a hose into the refugium. So i guess he would have a wild ride back into the main tank!
     
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    Try pulling it out the fuge as much as possible...remember that's one of the purposes of the refugium, to grow the algae in there instead of the main tank. It wouldn't be a bad idea to change that bulb also, when bulbs get old and lose intensity, it starts to benefit unwanted algae instead good algae.
     
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    felixfish newbie reefer

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    Would a T5 bulb be able to work with my T8 fixture, or just replace my 36" bulb?
     
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    Nope, a t-5 bulb won't work in a t-8 fixture. You'll need to replace the bulb with the appropriate bulb size.
     
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    +1 Smitty
     
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    Well just looking at some of that red hair algae next to the return bulk head and saw a bunch of coepods in it! Whoop
     
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