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Alternative to Kent phytoplex for clams and pods

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Hello all, 

I added a mandarin to my tank a while back and seeded pods a couple of times. I also have two maxima clams around 3 inches or so. I know I don't really have to feed the clams but I wanted to make sure the pods had nourishment so I added 10ml of phytoplex twice a week for two weeks 40 gal twv. I ended up with more hair algae than I had and cyano on the rocks which I didn't have. Is there something else I can feed that won't cause the algae or should I just stop feeding and let the pods eat what that can find in the tank water? I do have a fuge layered with Marine pure cubes on the bottom and a nice sized ball of chaeto. 

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I would guess a good fuge was supplying plankton to your system.  I prefer live phyto cultured in full strength water to bottled stuff thinking it will stay alive longer and not polute, but that is just based on a hunch and nothing more.  I'd see what happens to the pod population with nothing, if they decline try a quarter of what you were doing and see where it goes.  The tank is telling you more nutrients were going in than you needed, just need to find the equalibrium!

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Thanks muttley. I will do that. I have a couple other tanks plumbed together and there are more pods in there than the fish can eat so hopefully this tank will become like that since the chaeto came from the other tanks. Will keep a close eye on the mandarin to make sure he keeps feeding. 

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