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Lowest cost and easiest way to eliminate green hair, bubble, turf and slime algae


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    skuttduck - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I will have to get you some new photos.

    I never got quite that much growth, but since initially I have a full screen that I have going that I clean off weekly. I also lost my 10 year old squamosa clam

    My sump was also upgraded to a larger tank.

    I don't seem to have as much hair algae in the main tank, but I do still have some turf algae in there. I'm also growing Halimeda again.

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    How do you deal with salt creep on an up-flow algae scrubber?

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    skuttduck - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsflies View Post
    How do you deal with salt creep on an up-flow algae scrubber?
    For me, I don't. Mostly because the scrubber is submerged, and any parts that aren't are washed off in the sink during maintenance.

    I'll work on getting a couple more pictures and show some of the algae that grows now.

    I also get it on the glass of the sump now too.

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    Yeah, I was thinking more about the salt creep that would be involved with an airstone submerged in saltwater. Seems like a good way to grow stalactites around one's tank/sump.

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    Salt creep doesn't occur until the bubbles come to the surface. So, you just have a box around the surface, it keeps the bubbles in

    ~SF

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    skuttduck - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Here is how the algae looks now with the newer screen and the red LED lights I got from Tom. Name:  20150629_191707.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuttduck View Post
    Here is how the algae looks now with the newer screen and the red LED lights I got from Tom. Name:  20150629_191707.jpg
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    Would you please upload a picture of the whole set up?

    -NP

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    skuttduck - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonicaHelp View Post
    Would you please upload a picture of the whole set up?

    -NP
    Here is how I have it setup. The screen is just held up on the glass with some old magnets. I have an airstone below, then the red LED lights. I have a plastic black plate behind the screen to help prevent algae growing in the sump, but I get some because of the light that leaks around.
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    Ah, the LEDs are burning the middle. If you can back them up, or put an extra sheet of screen over the light, it will help spread the light out.

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    skuttduck - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Figured I would resurrect this thread with something else kind of interesting. I don't hardly get any turf algae down there anymore. I still get some but nothing I can really harvest. I put a piece of live rock I got from Todd down in the sump and ever since I did that, the bristleworms feast on the turf algae.

    It is not something I really mind all too much as I am not getting nuisance algae in the main tank. I am now back to running my metal halides since my panorama LED lights died.

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