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My tank after my bubble algae rampage!

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My tank after my bubble algae rampage!

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So today I went on a campaign to wage war on the dreadful bubble algae.  That stuff is so resilient and without the help of an emerald crab is tough to keep ahead of.  It does not help that I dose additive to help my desirable macros to thrive.  Todays battle included removing rocks and coral to to scrub, scour, toothbrush and all but blow torch to try and beat the pesky stuff!
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Of course this pic is evidence that they are not beaten yet!
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I understand but I think it looks attractive. Especially the big ones :-). I used a stiff tube attached to a large siphon hose to thin it out when it got to thick. The stiff part removes it from the rock and even if it pops the siphon pulls out all the spores.
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« Reply #3 posted: 1 year ago »
I hear ya about it having a beauty all its own but it just doesn't quite fit in with the decor.  I did syphon a lot of it out but it grew crazy out of control in really tight crevices where my syphon tube would not fit.  Thats when I resorted to dismantling my rock.  Of course it never goes back the way it was.  The good news is some of it is better than it was.
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A truly beautiful aquarium, no matter what!!!!! I just love how your tank looks, and hope Adam is fully recovered now.
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Thanks Laura.  I am loving having a reef tank and seahorse tank all in one!
Yes, I believe Adam to be fully recovered.  He looks and acts a picture of health.  He has a hearty appetite and he chases Eve around every day, ha ha!
The sump upgrade not only made my life easier maintenance wise but I think the tank will be healthier.  My turnover from the return pump doubled, (since it does not have to go through the chiller and UV) so the water is getting twice the skimming.  Also the ease of water changes mean I can do as much as I want without hurting my back since there is no carrying or lifting.
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I know all about the toting and lifting part of the hobby. Ten years ago I could easily carry two 5 gallon jugs and had no problem pouring one of them into my tallest aquarium. Now at 66 I struggle to carry even one 5 gallon because of my bad back  and knees. Getting old is not for whimps :-)
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Ok, how do you change water without lifting?!?! 😯 I use a pump for filling, but buckets for emptying.  What do I need to do?! Am tired of buckets!!! And I change out 20 gallons a week usually that is 640 pounds I lift or my boyfriend lifts a month!!!! (8 pounds per gallon)

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I am really fortunate in that there is a drain right next to my tank.  You are probably not that lucky but if where you drain the water is on the same level as your tank you may be able to use a brute can on a dolly?  That is how I get water to my tank since my sink where the RO/DI is made is not next to the tank.  Or maybe you can buy an adapter so a hose can be screwed onto a pump and you can pump it out a door or window?  Like Bruce said, it gets harder as you get older.  I am almost 56 years old and that is what pushed me to make a change.
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Ok, how do you change water without lifting?!?! 😯 I use a pump for filling, but buckets for emptying.  What do I need to do?! Am tired of buckets!!! And I change out 20 gallons a week usually that is 640 pounds I lift or my boyfriend lifts a month!!!! (8 pounds per gallon)
I use a sump pump and hoses to move water upstairs or around to the various tanks in the basement. A lot better than trying to carry water in pails as I'm usually changing with all the tanks, about 100 to 150 gallons a week.
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Ok, how do you change water without lifting?!?! 😯 I use a pump for filling, but buckets for emptying.  What do I need to do?! Am tired of buckets!!! And I change out 20 gallons a week usually that is 640 pounds I lift or my boyfriend lifts a month!!!! (8 pounds per gallon)
I use a sump pump and hoses to move water upstairs or around to the various tanks in the basement. A lot better than trying to carry water in pails as I'm usually changing with all the tanks, about 100 to 150 gallons a week.
Wow, that is a lot of water changes!  How many tanks do you have currently, if I might be nosey?
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