Let me go through what I got so you have an idea:
10Lbs live rock
10Lbs lacerock and petrified wood
1 Cleaner shrimp
1 emerald crab
1 clown (true perc)
1 Purple Friedman
1 of those snails that dig around in the sand
3 turbo snails
Lotsa tubeworms (no idea where they came from)
1 140 g/h powerhead
1 Home made filter consisting of a PVC
tube stuffed with filter floss, Activated carbon and a 160 g/h pump.
Doing 5 gallon water change every saturday.
8 hours of 80 watt light per day.
20 watt 10,000k, 20 watt 3500k, 2x 20 watt 6500k bulbs
My problem is that I have redish-brown algee growing on my sand. Sometimes it even looks purple. When I stir up the sand to break it up and burrie it, it takes it about a day for the algee to completely re-cover the sand. Then it starts to climb up my rocks. I want my coraline algee to move to my lace rock and tank walls which it's slowly starting to do... but I have to imagine this brown algee isn't helping. I could kill the lights for a couple of days to kill it off but I'm afraid for my good algee.
The only recent changes were the addition of the filter. Yes, I ran the tank for months without it but the water was cloudy. The filter cleared the water up in about 3 minutes... I was surprised it was so fast. Basically there's PVC
pipe leading up away from the pump to the back of the tank where a 1-1/2" PVC
tube with a threaded collar hangs. I stuffed one of those blue scrubbys in first to catch the big stuff and then filled 90% of the tube with filter floss and finally a bag of activated carbon. Then the tube returns. All the stuffing reduces the flow coming out of the nozel considerably so don't think I'm moving 300 gallons of water an hour.
Also, I think I'm missing a snail... haven't seen all three together in a week or 2. Maybe it dies somewhere and is decaying in the tank?
What should I do?
(sorry I'm long winded... lol)