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  1. 🙇‍♂️→🤏→🌿→🤌→ 🗑→🐌 🙇‍♂️Notice the algae 🤏Reach into the tank with your fingers like tweezers 🌿Grab the algae (a tiny amount per grab is usually best) 🤌Pull algae out 🗑Put it in the trash 🐌If you do all of this and algae re-grows, then you don't have enough snails. Or your don't have herbivores. Add a small amount (1-3) after the next cleaning and see how it goes for the next few weeks. (Use the new additions to replace non-herbivores if that's your case.) Technically you and the snail are on the same cleanup crew, you're just way bigger: 💁‍♂️>🐌🐌🐌🐌
  2. I started my Biocube in August 2018. I started on the hobby once before (in 2014), and my entire tank crashed when I went on a one week vacation which was heart wrenching. In my last tank, I had a green BTA, two Clownfish, Golden Head sleeper goby, and a hefty cleanup crew. I thought I had a hang on things, but it went south very quickly in that one week. The tank was 15g. Lessons learned: get everyone in the household involved; have as many things automated as you can; test, test, and test again.... and then keep testing. This Biocube, like I said, I began again in August of 2018, and I had a beautiful thing going until I took a two week vacation in July 2019. When I got back, my tank exploded with all of this green hair algae. My 3 BTA’s (2 split from the original) and my clown fish, were all at the top of the tank gasping for air - it looked like a jungle. I tried my best to remove all of the algae, but I just could not do it quick enough. By the time I cleaned the tank, put fresh SW in (50% water change), I had to move the team out into a quarantine tank while I did all this - the tank got so stressed, I lost my three beautiful BTA’s. (I still have my 2 clown’s which I am so thankful for) Currently I am dealing with mini cycles on and off - ammonia keeps spiking; last week, my ammonia went down, nitrates went up, then went to 0 - and my nitrates spiked. Thought things were good to go, and then this week my clowns started acting funny, swimming erratically and such - I tested the water, and ammonia went to .50 ppm again with nitrites and nitrates at 0. SMH So basically, I’m starting all over again. There’s nothing there... as of right now. I was always an anemone person, but I am going to be trying my hand at corals now. I am keeping this journal as a way to track progress, and in hopes that I can also give some nuggets of info that someone else can utilize on their journey. When will this end! Should I give up - I just love having a little piece of the ocean in my home. I just feel like every time I have things going well, it goes down hill in a big way. Thanks for reading!
  3. Product Link: https://www.coralvue.com/icecap-turf-scrubber These updated units are already on the market and on retailer shelves (pricing unchanged), but we wanted to take a moment to share some of the changes that have been made to the IceCap Algae Turf Scrubbers because a lot of the inspiration came from the feedback of early adopters on forums like NR. We value the opinions of all hobbyists and sincerely appreciate everyone who cared enough to share their thoughts. You've really helped us to build a better product! If there are any early adopters reading this that have experienced an issue with your scrubber, we invite you to contact us at support@coralvue.com so we can help you out!Some of the changes we've made include: The spray bar is slotted now (rather than a bunch of small holes) which helps water flow evenly down the mesh screen. A spray bar cover was added to prevent algae from growing in the drain holes and clogging. Leak guards were added on the sides so no salt creep comes out of the spray bar. Red LEDs were added to the lights for better hair algae growth. Thumb-locking screws were added to lock the water inlet pipe in position. Here are some quick photos that show these changes:
  4. I currently have a Fluval evo 13.5 that has been running for around 8 months. I have been fighting green hair algae for the past couple months and have been dosing continuum aquatics Baxter clean m daily. Is it because I don’t use RODI water or maybe I need a powerhead? Any suggestions on how do get rid of green hair algae are greatly appreciated!
  5. tgrover35

    Green hair algae?

    So I have another pest question. I’m not sure how I didn’t come across it in my initial research, but the same rock I purchased that had aiptasia on it also possibly has green hair algae on it which is a bad thing if I’m not mistaken. Is this something I should maybe just cut bait with and trade it back for different rock at the LFS??
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