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post #20 of (permalink) Old 06-18-2010, 03:33 PM
Algae Grower
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 26
Originally Posted by jmhart View Post
Finally, If you have any questions or comments regarding the above, feel free to let me know.
You missed a method. An Algae Refugium. I have a 10G tank under my 75G tank full of algae, and the light is on 24/7 to maximize algae growth. Why? Because if the algae grows well in my refugium it eats all the nutrients before algae can grow in your display tank where conditions are not as good (not as much light).

Stick a couple snails in the refugium to eat the algae and continue the cycle and it REALLY keeps your display tank from being overgrown. It does not stop the algae from growing but it stunts its growth by consuming the nutrients first.

(Note: Names were given by my GF, NOT me.)
2 Ocellaris Clownfish (Nemo 1 and Nemo 2)
1 Yellow Tail Blue Tang (Dory)
1 Diamond Goby (Toby)
1 Lawnmower Blenny (Lenny)
1 3 stripe Damselfish (Charlotte)
1 blue reef crab (Ashley)
3 blue leg hermit crabs
2 big snails, maybe turbos
2 little snails, A-something
1 Haitian sea anemone
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