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Old 02-04-2004, 01:21 AM   #11
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Yes - a couple of days ago. I used a Hagen test kit but I think it must be faulty. The color chart expects varying shades of blue but my tests turned a light yellow color ! Would elevated phosphates account for increased surface tension also ? If so, any good tips on how to lower the phosphate levels ?
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Ah - sorry. I guess you meant that phosphate could be a factor in the algae growth. That is a possibility - I initially filled the tank with tap water but I have since been doing water changes with RO/DI so hopefully that will help get the algae under control. On certain portions of LR which my 7 snails have cleaned I have not seen much algae return. What would you recommend in addition to the 5 Astraea and 2 Turbo snails for a cleanup crew for a young tank ? Also - my photoperiod is currently 8 hours. I've been avoiding making it any longer until the algae calms down. I'm running a CSL moonlight hood with 2x65W 10,000K and 2x65W Actinic. (Just added a few days back)
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I would get something to remove phosphate. Like phossorb,just make sure its safe for corals. I use a product called poly filter it absorbs phosphates,Hard metals and other toxics. It also changes colors to tell you what its absorbing.

As far as the snails i like Astreas. Im not a huge fan of turbos.When i had them they always tiped over some of the smaller corals. I would get some nassierth (I thin i spelled it wrong) They will help stir up sand. I would also go with a couple more Astrea's.

What kind of test kits are you using? I have bought phosphate kits that are junk
I would suggest using salifert.

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Thanks Dewey. My phosphate test kit is from Hagen. I'll try to pick up a Salifert kit. As for the snails, I think you're right. Were you referring to Nassarius snails ?
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Yep they keep the sand bed stired up alittle.
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One thing that will help address several of the issues brought up (trapped air, nitrogen) are sand sHifting critters. Notice I didnt say sand sIfting... Adding creatures like conchs, nassarius snails, sand shifting crabs, or cowrie will help move the top layers of the DSB which will help it function better as well as help keep the sand bed clean.
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Thanks Guys - more critters for me !!
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