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Old 12-22-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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algea in sand issue

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alrighty, i have a ton of nasty green and red algea taking over my sand. any ideas how to stop this? more snails? shorter days? turn the sand over a bit? massive water change?

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Old 12-22-2004, 08:37 PM   #2
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Some of that is probably unavoidable in a sand bed. Your suggestions are all good. There are some snails that do a good job because they eat algae and also bury themselves in the sand....I can't remember what they are called, however.
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Old 12-22-2004, 10:25 PM   #3
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Hey Matt...I am sure you know what to do. Vac it off, water changes and test for PO4. Keep us posted...Lando
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try getting some nassurius snails they dig under the sand...also maybe a sand sifting star...i have added both after a similar experience and have had whit sand ever since.....



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i have 5 nassurius snails in there now. I will probibly add a dozen more...

I have shortened the days and that seems to stop the growth. I was gone for the holidays, but now that I am back I can do a serious water change.

no way to test for PO4 yet (no one in my area carries a testing kit.)

Do I really want to vaccum up the sand?
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Old 12-26-2004, 12:53 PM   #6
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I've had the same issue in a nano tank. I ordered chemi-clean - seems to be working.

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Old 12-26-2004, 06:49 PM   #7
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I am not a fan of adding anything to my reef, but I used Chemi=clean as a last resort for my cyno. It worked great! Wish I would have done it sooner. Still very important to get to the root of the problem to resolve it completely.
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Chemi-clean for overall tank , goby for sand, snails for LR and glass.
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Is this chemi-clean safe for inverts like corals and anenomes? Where can I purchase this?
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I have red algae on my rocks in various places, in patches on the fine sand bed and also purple algae on my fine sand bed.

I think I identified the problem to be a home-made plastic mesh to cover my outgoing hose for my filter (since an anenome died after getting stuck on it). I used to get within a day almost the entire sand bed covered in a deep purple algae which I could pick up in large pieces (it broke away if I wasn't gentle). After removing the home-made plastic mesh the algae is probably 85% gone so all I do now is just shift the sand around. I think this has let pieces of the algae go around the tank and it's growing from there still.

I hope that chemi-clean will fix the problem. I purchased this red algae removing solution but I didn't read the label fully before purchase as it was not safe with corals.

Refer to my signature for what I have in my tank. Chemi-clean sounds the best for this problem. Am I correct?
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