Viper's Algae Farm

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hey all

    yes, my 2 meter hair algae farm.....

    I am at last taking steps to combat this scourge of hair algae.

    What I am going to do is remove all rocks and substrate, cook the rocks for a couple of months, replace with new substrate and hopefully all will be good by then.

    I have bought a kiddies blowup paddling pool which is in the garage, with synthetic salt water, an OR2500 pump and a 200w heater in there, will soon be putting a skimmer in there as well. This will all be kept in the dark for at least 2 months, with continuous skimming and regular water changes. I will also regularly be removing the rocks and shaking/stirring them in a separate bucket to shake off all excess rubbish.

    So for a few months my tank will be running barebottom with no liverock whatsoever, just the fish and a few corals.

    I will post pics of everything a little bit later.
     
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  3. Smithers

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    Want to follow this one closely. Good luck with your venture.
     
  4. Copperband

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    Please keep the pics coming Dean
     
  5. Dober Man

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    This is going to be a big job Dean.... but your tank will definitely benefit in the long run.
     
  6. Dober Man

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    Oh, if you need any help, please mail gs@cbw.co.za

    i'll be keen to give a hand too, as long as you supply the beers.
     
  7. viper357

    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys

    Here's a short pictorial history of my tanks.

    First pic is of my old 5ft tank in all it's glory

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    This tank ended up being a Bryopsis algae nightmare

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    Then along came the new 2m tank

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    with some help from my little dude

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    The tank started out very well

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  8. Dober Man

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    Your tank is in need of more rock work Dean. I think you need to invest in some good quality LR dude.
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    It then turned into this....

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    I will post pics of the rocks cooking and what the tank currently looks like later today.
     
  10. Smithers

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    Whoa dude that is bad ! Have you tried to create a siphon and pick the rocks and sipon that algea off ? Maybe BJ and I will get you some nice NSW this weekend and pop in. You up for that EJ ?
     
  11. Dober Man

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    Ummm.... no....

    I will gladly cheerlead though while you guys collect.
     
  12. Smithers

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    Dean just thinking out loud here. What substrate are you using, How often do you Kalk, Do you use a phosphate remover and charcoal, Do you have a DSB ? Do you use a form of NNR ?
     
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    Another contributing factor IMO is that white fake rock.
     
  14. Smithers

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    Ask mille about that stuff. He must be able to give more info.
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    :rofl:

    EJ collecting NSW.....I don't think so :lol:

    Thanks for the offer Smithers but I want to use Synthetic salt for a while, much appreciated.

    My substrate (sea sand) came from my old tank and also I collected sand from umdloti.

    My kalk dripping is very erratic, I tried to do it all the time but I just got lazy of doing the DIY drip thing, so now I only do it maybe once or twice a week.

    I have a 2 little fishies Phosphate Reactor with media changed roughly every 2 months. Charcoal as well, in a stocking in the sump changed every 2 weeks.

    4ft sump with AquaMedic Aragonite DSB (wanting to remove this, use the aragonite for substrate in the display and use something much finer for the DSB)

    Reeftek TS3 skimmer, chiller, temp controller etc.etc.
     
  16. Dober Man

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    Sometimes i wonder about you Dean. Your old tank was covered in hair algae, and you used the same substrate for your new tank. No wonder you have lawn in your tank....
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Speaking of lawns, I was going to employ a garden service to take care of my hair algae problem, but my wife refused to approve the extra weekly expense...

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  18. Dober Man

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    I wouldn't mind playing in her garden....
     
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    What bird is that in the pic, looks like a swallow..
     
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    hope things turn out well!your hair algea really went overboard!
     
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    Eish Dean thats a nasty lawn. Is the substrate the common factor to both tanks?
     
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