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When you say you toothbrush the bubble algae, are you removing the rocks from the tank, brushing them, rinsing them, and putting them back?  Bubble algae spreads through spores so it's best to twist them off carefully without popping or you may find it taking over the tank if it's been popped at any point.  Also ideal to remove from tank before twisting off just in case of popping the bubbles.

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1 hour ago, Orangutran said:

Getting a bigger UV is better, to a certain point. I don't think it does any harm, you'll just clean your system faster. But with the bigger UV, you need more flow thru it for optimal dwell time? (I think that's what it's called). If you put less flow thru it, I hear it may warm up the water a bit? Might reduce your heating bill, but then your UV bulb is sucking up more energy. Isn't there a good UV made by TMC that's made in the UK? Supposed to be one of the better ones.

 

Not sure how much access you have to tank bred fish over there! But choices are getting better at least. 

 

Btw, are you close to Cheltenham? My sis in law lives there, and she took us to a Thai restaurant in town that's got a reef tank (wasn't in the best shape) but I was chatting with the guy who took care of it, and he said there weren't any LFS close by to get salt water, so it was tough to maintain.

i love a good drive but Cheltenham is 160 miles away. I imagine in the States you are all used to travelling to get anywhere (my knowledge of American travel is based mainly around the road trips TV/films show though) but much more than an hour each way feels like a big journey to me. I'm lucky that I have a few lfs I trust within half an hour of home here, West Yorkshire is a fairly built up and populous part of our country 

 

I know of TMC, however haven't really used their products much. For a relatively large expense I think I would be happier with a name like Eheim that I trust. I try not to get sucked into the world of brand loyalty too much so will have another look at TMC though. 

 

Our tank-bred choices are improving; even over the short time I have had within the hobby I have noticed an increase in availability. it will take a while but eventually the prices will start to improve too. A pair of tank-bred clown to get us up and running again should be easy enough to find 

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1 hour ago, Lula_Mae said:

When you say you toothbrush the bubble algae, are you removing the rocks from the tank, brushing them, rinsing them, and putting them back?  Bubble algae spreads through spores so it's best to twist them off carefully without popping or you may find it taking over the tank if it's been popped at any point.  Also ideal to remove from tank before twisting off just in case of popping the bubbles.

Luckily, the rockwork is easy enough to remove to scrub the bubbles and it gets a good rinse before being put back. Whilst cycling, I managed to introduce a bubble on a test frag and before I noticed we had a plague of them. :wacko:

 

They are well and truly under control now though, I remove them individually as I spot them and scrub under ledges every month or so as they start to spread in the hard to reach bits. I could probably leave them without worrying too much but I love to see the tank looking spotless 

 

I was just wondering if a UV would help reduce their growth further?

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5 hours ago, Patrick17 said:

Luckily, the rockwork is easy enough to remove to scrub the bubbles and it gets a good rinse before being put back. Whilst cycling, I managed to introduce a bubble on a test frag and before I noticed we had a plague of them. :wacko:

 

They are well and truly under control now though, I remove them individually as I spot them and scrub under ledges every month or so as they start to spread in the hard to reach bits. I could probably leave them without worrying too much but I love to see the tank looking spotless 

 

I was just wondering if a UV would help reduce their growth further?

I don't know about the UV either but I've nearly always had a few bubbles in my tanks, and doing just as you are, with regularly removing them (I always waited till they got big enough and twisted them off), they never got out of control.

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7 hours ago, Patrick17 said:

i love a good drive but Cheltenham is 160 miles away. I imagine in the States you are all used to travelling to get anywhere (my knowledge of American travel is based mainly around the road trips TV/films show though) but much more than an hour each way feels like a big journey to me. I'm lucky that I have a few lfs I trust within half an hour of home here, West Yorkshire is a fairly built up and populous part of our country 

 

I know of TMC, however haven't really used their products much. For a relatively large expense I think I would be happier with a name like Eheim that I trust. I try not to get sucked into the world of brand loyalty too much so will have another look at TMC though. 

 

Our tank-bred choices are improving; even over the short time I have had within the hobby I have noticed an increase in availability. it will take a while but eventually the prices will start to improve too. A pair of tank-bred clown to get us up and running again should be easy enough to find 

I did a lot of research for UVs and the TMC seemed to be a good product, just that it is not distributed in Canada.  Check it out, so you can make an informed purchase. Also explore used ones from local sellers, just make sure the bulb is still good.

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3 hours ago, Lula_Mae said:

I don't know about the UV either but I've nearly always had a few bubbles in my tanks, and doing just as you are, with regularly removing them (I always waited till they got big enough and twisted them off), they never got out of control.

With so many beautiful tanks on NR, it's hard not to assume that they are all perfect and devoid of all unwanted algae. Its good to know that I'm not doing anything different :)

 

If a UV helps me reduce bubble algae further, I will let you know fingerscrossed

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1 hour ago, Orangutran said:

I did a lot of research for UVs and the TMC seemed to be a good product, just that it is not distributed in Canada.  Check it out, so you can make an informed purchase. Also explore used ones from local sellers, just make sure the bulb is still good 

apologies for assuming you were from the states!!

 

I will have a good look around. Not a massive fan of social media but there seems to be a large market for pre-owned marine equipment in my area 

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6 hours ago, Patrick17 said:

With so many beautiful tanks on NR, it's hard not to assume that they are all perfect and devoid of all unwanted algae. Its good to know that I'm not doing anything different :)

 

If a UV helps me reduce bubble algae further, I will let you know fingerscrossed

I think even @gena has posted about having bubble algae before, or maybe it was hair algae.  You're definitely not alone! :lol:

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Jus how much do you feed a fallow tank??

 

Started off feeding half a cube of frozen marine mix once a week but worried that wasn't enough to keep the CUC going, feeding half a cube every other day now but don't want to overfeed an empty tank... 

 

Corals and inverts all seem happy and settled; both skunk cleaner shrimp have moulted and are carrying eggs again. Wish our Porcelain crab would though, he's getting slowly browner with what I assume is algae. 

 

I've also seen a couple arms from a banded serpent star hitchhiking this week; each arm must be an inch long :) 

 

Our gorilla crab is still sumped with a piece of rock, going to try and nip to the lfs tomorrow and see if I can find another piece to replace it. When I get round to making a fuge in the sump, I'll use the rock down there with the crab

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I have been able to replace the rock which was sumped with the gorilla crab this afternoon, it'll look far more natural and less purple when it colours up. 

 

Couldn't resist some gorgeous gorgonians and a couple small goni and favia frags as an early birthday present :)

 

I still want to work on the overall colour mix of the corals, however it is looking a little more balanced to me :)

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The gorgonians really responded to Reef Roids :)

 

Can anyone confirm the species? 

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Whilst there isn't too much going on in my reef, I thought I'd share our new goldfish tank. I imagine that for many of you, as with me, the passion for aquatics began with the humble goldfish. 

 

This is a Juwel Lido 200, home to Olaf a and his as yet unnamed brothers 

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3 hours ago, Patrick17 said:

Whilst there isn't too much going on in my reef, I thought I'd share our new goldfish tank. I imagine that for many of you, as with me, the passion for aquatics began with the humble goldfish. 

 

This is a Juwel Lido 200, home to Olaf a and his as yet unnamed brothers 

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Nicest goldfish tank I have ever seen!

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22 hours ago, Orangutran said:

Nicest goldfish tank I have ever seen!

Thank you very much :D. We are very proud, keeping it simple seems to be paying off at the moment. 

 

My partner is on the look out for a panda and a redcap oranda for a total of 5 fancies. They are so massively underrated, the amount of personality they have is amazing - they're like little pupper's begging for food on a morning :)

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