Algae control

Cher

Larval Mass
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#1
Are there any algae eating creatures that people have successfully kept with a "carribean dwarf " (best description) octopus.Tank has some soft coral, red algae and live rock. What about a nudibranch? Also have small clams in the live sand, will the octopus hunt for them?
 

Nancy

Titanites
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#2
Hi, and welcome to TONMO.com :welcome:

I would think larger snails might survive, at least some of them.

I don't know this species so well, but the baby bimacs are raised on small clams, so it's at least a possiblity that they'll be eaten.

Nancy
 

neptune

Haliphron Atlanticus
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#5
Yes, nudibranch do in fact eat algae.

Not sure on the ceph reaction to them though yet.

The main concern, for your corals atleast, is what does the nudibranch eat once the algae has been controlled.

What type of red algae is it and can elbow gease do the trick?
 

Cher

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#6
Elbow grease and a magnet cleaner are fine for the glass but preventing the coraline algae on the live rock from being taken over by green and brown scum algae is what I am trying to avoid.

I love cats; but can never eat a whole one!
 

neptune

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#7
What about tiny rock starfish? They would not harm your corals, and as far as I can tell would not be a food source for your octopus.

The nudibrach may work, just through all my reef experience these liitle guys can reck havoc on your corals.

What size is your tank?
 

Colin

Colossal Squid
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#8
algae is not always a problem with ceph tanks as we normally always use ro water... do regular water changes... and dont have high powered reef lights on them... its also normally easier to remove uneaten octopus than fish food.

you could try nudibranchs but you are going to have to pioneer that, or how about an urchin or two.. may eat corraline though
 

Cher

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#13
No go on the large snail. Just provided dwarf octopus with a $10 dinner.
Although nocturnal this little fella hangs around right up closest to the light from the computer monitor staring and studying all who approach the tank when all of the other room lights are off at night.
 

Cher

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#15
Snail was called a tequila snail. Conical pyramid shell shape with a circular base diameter of about one inch. My octopus at normal head and mantle size is approximatly 1.5 by .75 inches.

It seems to be becoming more use to evening lights in the room. I super
glued a piece of fish line to a colored marble that I dangle near it. Went
for it immediatly. Tried to play a little tug of war but not up for the game.

A 4 inch orange linkia is doing OK so far.
 

Colin

Colossal Squid
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#16
That's a good idea for the marble!!!

incase anyone hasn't heard of using superglue in tanks before, it is quite common practise to glue coral frags onto rocks with superglue, so it is harmless. :)
 

surfy

Cuttlefish
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#20
I wouldn't reccomend a nudibranch or sea slug since they usually have very short life spans, a year at most. Most of the really bright colored ones are prettymuch impossible to keep captive. Plus they are very difficult to feed. Alot of them are toxic so I don't know if it would be good if the octo ate it.
The only ones I can ever keep alive are the ones that eat my zooanthids. Every day I siphon some out and the next day there are more chomping on my zoo's.

On the glue I use Super Glue Gel (pure Cyanoacrylate) all the time to attatch my SPS frags to my rocks in my reef. I have never used PVC glue in the tank only for the plumbing. On the safe side I would wait a day or two before puting it in the tank.
 

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