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Old 09-17-2011, 04:07 PM   #11
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You vodka guys, it soo complicated I can't even get through it in my head. LOL

I think a restart is his best bet and lieu of that, doing what I normally don't recommend, adding alage eating creatures.

A picture would help alot, if it's a literal field of alage I might think those creatures would mow it down in a week or so and you can see what you've got growing underneath and make a decision then. Just make sure that the lfs will take back whatever you buy if its not snails or hermits.

I'm thinking a seahare and hermits larger ones,some emerald crabs, some turbo snails, a good amount and some asttraa snails. The seahare could easily run out of food so I'd be careful with him if you kept him. I've had mine for about 8 months and he is an eating machine. I feed him alage sheets now since I have no algae. A lawnmower blenny would also be awesome in this application adn is a fish you'd wanna keep anyway.
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So, I guess I will tear down the tank and get new sand and r/o water. I will scrub the rocks and put them in a bucket with a heater and powers head. My lfs should hold on to my livestock for this. They are very nice and care a lot about how my tank is going. I will ask, but I don't think they will hold on to over 200 snails. They haven't really done much for the rocks or sand, mostly the glass. Any good methods on getting most of these snails out of the tank? I have 50+ nassarius snails and over 100 dwarf cerinths then quite a few other snails. I will be getting rid of the hermits as they have killed a few snails.

I'd go through the sand with a net and pull them out that way.
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setup a smal qt tank for the snails as you have all the equipment and keep the qt tank for qt'ing.
urchins are good for ha.

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Old 09-17-2011, 04:31 PM   #14
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Do you guys have any suggestions for removing zoanthids and polyps from the rock work? I really don't want them as I have read about them becoming problmes later on when you decide that you don't want them. Again these came with the tank. I was thinking chiselling them off but one of the rocks would loose quite a bit of rock from it. The base is mostly coved with them. Although I guess if I did that I could frag them and make a little bit of money at the lfs.
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I think those polyps can survive a few days without light and water believe it or not. I had some pretty much dead palythoas and that rock was out of water and in water when I cycled and still it survived. In fact I need to get some fragging going, I have way too many now. lol
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If you don't want them I would just sell them and make some money out of it. It'd be a waste just to get rid of them.
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FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"

This is an excellent battle plan for algea. Remember that it did not start overnite and it wont go away overnite. Patience and that link will win the war.
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Would a water/vinegar solution be a good thing to rub my tank down with then rinse after it is taken down and emptied?
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Muriatc acid bath, rinse, bleach bath, rinse, rinse, rinse.

Live rock will become encrusted with phosphates especially if the previous owner was using tap water. If you do have dino, no point in trying the soft way. Nuke it.
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Ohh, here are some pictures I just took of my tank to show the extent of the algae.















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