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Probably should have cleaned the glass before hand. :oops: Beyond happy all the coral have stuck with me all these months despite all the stress I put them through while I've been in school. Cyano is starting to disappear thankfully because just a few days ago I was going to nuke it all! Just trying to enjoy it while I can before I have to deal with the chaos of moving a tank across town.
 

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Needed somewhere safe to post this hot take 🤪

It's my belief if your tank has struggled with problem algae for several months, it has failed.

This includes me.

I don't understand why (maybe this has to do with my skill level) we are so willing to accept nuisance algae in our reef tanks and combat fish problems with fire. Nuisance algae throws off water parameters as it directly competes with coral for nutrients and requires increased maintenance/husbandry. These things coupled together should be viewed on the same level as your fish showing ich. If your tank never gets hair algae or bubble algae, it wont just appear out of thin air! We can't say our tanks will never be like the wild and in the same breathe accept nuisance algae and all the issues that come with it. All it does is perpetuate sales of livestock and additives.

Without weekly and sometimes bi-weekly maintenance, I'm not sure how my tank would survive.
 

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It’s more about equilibrium. The sooner you can get there, the better!

your livestock choices can also really impact the level of undesired algae, such as hair. Get the right mix and your livestock will munch it before it becomes a noticeable problem.
 

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It’s more about equilibrium. The sooner you can get there, the better!

your livestock choices can also really impact the level of undesired algae, such as hair. Get the right mix and your livestock will munch it before it becomes a noticeable problem.

This pretty much summarizes exactly what my issue with nuisance algae is. It's like buying a truck and being told you get a trailer too, but you can't get rid of the trailer. Obviously, it doesn't hurt to have a trailer but if you don't maintain the trailer or if you put too much weight on the trailer it will have direct effect on your ability to drive the truck. Why not just get the truck without the trailer? Stocking choices are heavily limited by tank size and accessibility. Just because an experienced reefer has the ability to manipulate their tank should not make it the standard.

If you don't introduce nuisance algae it never even factors into the equation. It's easy to be conditioned to accept nuisance algae because it is in the ocean and comes on our frags; but our tanks are not the ocean. Everything we do in the reef tank needs to be calculated including not adding variables.


And you can certainly bring your tank back from algae, I wouldn’t say it’s failed

Of course, you can! But why bring yourself back from something you don't have to start with? Reducing the variables can only help you work towards equilibrium. Introducing livestock to handle a problem we created is only managing an issue, not removing it from the equation. Like running a UV sterilizer in a tank full of ich, if the UV dies the tank has potential to go under with it. Of course, we can argue all day healthy fish have ability to handle ich but if the ich is never introduced we don't have to worry about what happens when the UV goes off.

When I say fail, I'm speaking about the inability to manage the nuisance algae. Regular husbandry/maintenance and the other things discussed like livestock choices can certainly impact this equation. But if you have struggled several months and your tank is going through continual ugly cycles, you have failed. Not introducing the nuisance algae in the first place would have gone a long way.

It truly is just a shift in thinking much like those who don't quarantine and have successful tanks.
 
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I don’t think it’s possible to not introduce algae while introducing other livestock. Life finds a way

I disagree with this. Our tanks do not have to become the end crack of the whip, we are allowed a buffer. Quarantine goes a long way towards dealing with these problems before they enter our display. Dealing with specific variables is much easier in quarantine compared to our display tanks. We can try cutting edge treatments and methods in quarantine, not our display. Our acceptance of these issues is the ultimate limiting factor, not the ability to.

For the record, I employ many of the methods experienced reefers speak to and have found success. But eventually you have to ask, why should I deal with nuisance algae?
 
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