Algae

Replay of The Question and Answer Session With Mr. Saltwater Tank on 4/15/2014

This week’s topic was clean up crews

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): The Real Reason Why Your Saltwater Fish Get Sick

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: A slime coat enhancing product should be added before you scrape your tank’s glass. The slime coat product will help prevent the fish from getting sick from the stress of the algae scraper or razor blade.

The

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip #137: The Dangerous Magnetic Accessory In Your Aquarium

Magnetic algae scrapers make cleaning the inside of your aquarium’s glass very easy. And they can pose a real threat to your tank unless you do this one step.

Note: My tank has micro scratches in it from not following …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): 3 Days of No Lights = Coral Death

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): 3 days of darkness will harm your corals

The rest of the story: 3 days of darkness is a method used to control nuisance algae. The idea behind it is simple: without light, algae dies. Also …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): No Coraline? Clearly Something Is Wrong

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): If your saltwater tank doesn’t have coraline algae growing in it, then your tank isn’t healthy.

The rest of the story: The hunt for coraline algae always makes me laugh as there are hobbyists who hate …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): This Fish Food Is Phosphate Free…(yeah right)

Terrible Advice Tuesdays:  “Brand XYZ of fish food has zero phosphates in it”

The rest of the story: Fish food is made up matter that was once alive such as algae or fleshy foods like mysis or brine shrimp …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Flaked Fish Food Causes Algae Problems

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Flaked fish food will cause algae problems in your tank.

The rest of the story: Poor flaked fish food. What a unwarranted bad reputation.

Here’s the facts: Any fish food can cause algae problems in your tank. …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): That Pufferfish Needs a Dentist! Scratch That, A Farmer!

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Gracilaria (a type of macro algae) is a great thing to feed puffer fish to help wear down their teeth.

The rest of the story: Oh boy. Someone really screwed up their food groups.

First, most puffers …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): The Instant Nuisance Algae Fix?

Terrible Advice Tuesdays:  If you’ve got a nuisance algae problem, raise your pH and it will go away.

The rest of the story: I’m not convinced low pH causes nuisance algae problems and I’m certainly not convinced raising your tank’s …

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip #111: Once It’s Spent, Your Saltwater Tank Can Use It

Algae on your saltwater tank’s glass is just part of tank ownership. Scraping it off with a magnetic algae scraper works well for simple surface algae and here’s a quick and easy way to get the stubborn bits of algae …

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