urchins, heeellllllllppppppppp!!!!!

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    sicklids salt water dummy

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    you mean the purple coralin algae wont grow if i dont have reef lighting? i did not know that at all! i got some 50/50 lights and dont plan on growing any corals so does that mean that the purple up is just useless?
     
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    You might get some but now very much and it is better to get a urchin to eat the brown algea.
     
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    Coralline does need proper lighting to grow, and usually won't grow without sufficient light. In a predator tank, an urchin would be a good addition for a cleaner, since snails and crabs (traditional cleaner crew) usually get eaten by someone.
     
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    I didnt know that coraline doesnt need the right light, thanks biff
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    It does need the right light. That's why you usually don't see much coralline in fish only tanks.
     
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    so i guess im off to get an urchin! sux i wasted money on a bottle of purple up though!
     
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    double post
     
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    plus it looks awesome
     
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    i love the coraline i had in my new tank i now have 60 lbs of rock that is bare for now and 100+ in my sump i wish it grew faster
     
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    Careful what you wish for when it comes to coralline.When it starts growing on the front glass as fast you scrape it off,it gets old fairly quick.
    Sicklids,just keep your calcium,alkalinity,and magnesium levels right,and you'll eventually have coralline growing out your ears.Those are 3 main factors in getting it to grow.
    It'll also help to brush some of the coralline on your live rock with a soft bristled tooth brush.Thats causes it to release spores into the water.
     
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    so i was doing some research and found that the picasso triggers eyes are strategically put where they are just because it keeps them safe from their favorite food....
    ...long spined urchins, just urchins particuliary!

    so i was thinking of maybe the foxface rabbitfish to eat the algae? heres a pic of what i got growing in my tank, its all over the rock on the left.
    [​IMG]
     
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    If it's green algae it will eat it. I have a foxface and he's always picking at the rock. Have not had any problem with green algae since I added him.
     
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    its brown, diatoms? i guess there is a silica problem in my tank according to what i have been reading...
     
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    piggy, i also see you have a boston terrier there, heres "7"! shes female as well, so i had to name her that!

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    She's adorable. How old? Is that her name "7"? If so, how did she get it? Mine is a male he's 4 and is the most lovable dog. He loves fish and bunnies. My daughter has his daughter. I see yours has brindle in her also.
     
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    Are you using phosBan or phosguard? One of them should help.
     
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    i got 6 daughters, so when i brought her home, i just had to call her 7
     
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    and to add, i got home yesterday and found out that "7" is in jail, gotta go bail her out today! i told her not to be digging in the neighbors flowerbed!

    no i havent ever used phosban or phosguard. is this like something i would dose the tank with? i might also add that this tank has only been running for about 3 months, so could this be part of the cycling process?

    i do like a 25% water change weekly, due to the fact im terrified of nitrates rising, that would be why it looks so clean and clear.
     
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    Usally you do get a outbreak in a new tank. If your not running anything for phosphate I would.
     
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    Phos-ban is like carbon.You put it in a mesh bag,rinse it off,and place in an area of decent water flow.
     
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