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Old 03-28-2008, 06:14 AM
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Default What fish to add to help control algae??

I have finally got my 180 up and running and want some advice.
Being that my triggers pretty much eat anything that moves, I need some advice on what fish I can add into an agressive tank that will eat algae.
My other aggressive tank has HUGE algae issues because everything I put in to eat the algae in turn gets eaten by the triggers.
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What type of algaes?

Some Tangs and Rabbitfish are generally known to consume algae. I guess it depends what type....
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just the stupid hair algae.
I am definitely going to add a couple of tangs.
how would rabbit fish be with aggressive fish?
are there bigger species of rabbit fish??
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Check your Po4 levels. 9 times out of 10 you can fix your algae problems by getting phosphates under control. Adding a fish is more of a temporary solutions, you need to get to the root of the problem.
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Yes, some of the rabbitfish get large enough that I would imagine they wouldn't be eaten by triggers. My rabbitfish likes to eat hair algae more so than my Tangs.

Here's another idea that might help. If you can, setup a refugium, light it 24/7 and let the hair algae grow there. Works very well for me!

Oh yes...my sea hare liked to eat hair algae (when I had hair algae). I'm sure the triggers won't eat a sea hare.
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My longspine urchin eats GHA. I also had a foxface that did the same.
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I have found that my rusty angel nibbles on algae once in a while. but its a pygmy angel and would propably be food in your tank.
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Assuming you have an appropriately sized skimmer, I would consider evaluating if you have enough flow to keep detritus from building up, and perhaps reviewing your water source (RO/DI output).
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Assuming you have an appropriately sized skimmer, I would consider evaluating if you have enough flow to keep detritus from building up, and perhaps reviewing your water source (RO/DI output).
I agree, adding a fish for a problem just create other problems. Like what does the fish eat after it has eliminated your Algae.
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Hectors Gobies will eat hair algae, and will also sift sand for food
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