Algae control, algae issues, all things algae related.
Here it is:
My tank hasn't seen much action lately, I have't been very good on the maintenance, but there is one thing I take pleasure in it: observing the balance between algae and mithrax crabs.
I have two distinct areas with green hair algae, and a few areas now sparsely populated by with red bubble algae. The hair algae grows, then the crabs eat it and you see less of it, the reb bubble sometimes makes gains on a rock, a few weeks later thet are gone, the mithrax ate it.
Short note to say that I've obseved one of my Mithrax crabs eating red bubble algae.
I was having the impression the RBA was slowly reducing in the tank, but I wasn't 100% sure. A few nights ago I saw one of the crabs eating it (sorry, no pictures).
But it must be quite nutritious for they are taking a lot longer to get rid of the RBA than they did with the GBA/valonias..... I'm not even sure they will one day eat them all, but I hope so... ;-)
Time is short, so much to do and so little time.... once again I post about something I did almost a month ago. I almost skipped this one, but, blogs are about sharing experience and I think the pictures will be useful to teach people what NOT to do .
Compĺeted my annual maintenance cleanup... and concluded annual is too long a period to do it .
Before you see the pictures please mind that my refugium is lighted by a non direction compact fluorescent light,
As requested by my friend dkbann (who happens to be watching my progress in order to decide if he'll start a new tank after his tank crashed, let's cheer him up to do so folks!), here is a quick and dirty picture update of my "War On Valonia". Mithrax crabs were my weapon of choice.
#1 Before (Jan 9th):
#1 After (Mar 25th):