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ChristianBak

I just came back from Spring Break and my light timer had broken and left the light on for an entire week. Needless to say, i have massive algae outbreak and i am trying to 1) contain it, and 2) come up with a long term plan for getting rid of the above said algae. Its green algae and has totally covered both the rocks and glass. ANY information/help is greatly appreciated.

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Obsessed Reefer

Cleaning Crew? MEGA FILTER FLOSS OR SPONGS!! Just scrap it off and turn on the pumps and hit the nitro buttion on it!!

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ChristianBak

yea i was thinking about busting out my tooth-brush and then suck it up after scraping. I was also considering turning the lights off earlier for a while in order to discourage any more algae growth. It literally looks like a lawn has grown straight across my rock-work... fun stuff huh. What kind of Shrimp may be the best algae eater??

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neanderthalman

Timers never fail when you're around to notice it. Shrimp aren't all that great for algae - they tend to prefer meaty foods. Snails are your best friend when it comes to mowing through algae.

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depends on the type of algae, but turbos are the best all around consumers of mass quantities of algae.

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Haha-I had the opposite problem-timer broke and no lights for all spring break, but things seem fine. My red leg hermits dont seem to do much- Snails and Good Luck.

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One Eyed Bunny

I've heard that some people have covered their tank with a blanket and let it sit with no light for 3 days. Their corals were very minimally stressed and the algae was struck a mighty blow.

 

Possibly this could work for you as a way of softening the algae's hold on your tank?

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