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Old 02-06-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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What kind of Hermit Crabs for hair algae?


Red leg? Blue leg? zebra?
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:05 PM   #2
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Also what kind of snails? I have a 200 gal BB mostly Zoas and I like LPS. I lost most everything except the zoas in a Flat Worm disaster
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:13 PM   #3
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:14 PM   #4
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scarlets maybe
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:25 PM   #5
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I know this has been said 100 times but that's just a band aid. Finding the right clean up crew will get rid of visual symptoms but not the problem. The algae is a symptom. The phosphates in the rock or sand are the problem. Your best bet is to address the problem by improved husbandry like blowing off the rock regularly, siphoning the sand bed and skimming more aggressively. Maybe re-evaluate our feeding habits and even the flow in the tank.
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:40 PM   #6
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i vote scarlets

They are the only hermit crab that will not kill ur snails for their shells
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:17 AM   #7
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I understand about fixing the problem, but I just had a complete loss of almost everything in my tank
http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/sh...+Exit+disaster
and I am starting over with BB and my existing rock. I didn't have much sand but it is all gone now. And I am making a large skimmer as soon as the torn tendon in my shoulder heals. I am also going to try cooking my rock in shifts (when winter gets near being done) I have nearly 300 lbs between the sump and the tank so if I can do 100lbs for 3-4 months and then another 100lbs it should help.
Feeding is near nothing I only have a Damsel and a Mandarin left.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:33 AM   #8
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I don't really think any hermits do a good job of eating hair algae. If you're looking for something, consider the zebra turbos. They get bigger than regular turbos, but they do an amazing job.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:40 AM   #9
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I've never had one, but what about a lawn mower Blinny? They eat hair algae don't they? Maybe an emerald coral.
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:10 AM   #10
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I don't really think any hermits do a good job of eating hair algae. If you're looking for something, consider the zebra turbos. They get bigger than regular turbos, but they do an amazing job.
Bigger can also mean, look out for knock over issues if things are not well secured.
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I've never had one, but what about a lawn mower Blinny? They eat hair algae don't they? Maybe an emerald coral.
I had tried lawnmower blenny in the past. IMO You would need an army of them to make any noticable difference.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:01 AM   #12
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I suggest a mexican turbo, those things plow through it.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:43 AM   #13
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I agree totally on the mexican turbo, those things are hair algae machines.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:46 AM   #14
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I have tried so many crabs over the last couple of months trying to get rid of hair algae and they are not working for me. They seem to hang out on the rocks without the algae rather than the rocks with algae. I would love to have a solid solution to this cause the algae is really frustrating to me as a newb.
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:41 AM   #15
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depending on what size tank you have, mexican turbo snails, lawnmower blennys, yellow tangs and foxface's are great at eating algae.
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