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Old 04-28-2006, 09:26 AM   #21
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Just within the last couple days I am seeing algae buildup on my live rock and
crushed coral. Does this mean the tank is cycled? Is this normal and what do I do about it? Thanks
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Just within the last couple days I am seeing algae buildup on my live rock and
crushed coral. Does this mean the tank is cycled? Is this normal and what do I do about it? Thanks
Algae buildup is a good indicator. Your test kits should read 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and high nitrate. If so, you're ready to do a large water change and add a cleanup crew. Algae is perfectly normal at this stage. Add a cleanup crew and start regular maintenance, and it should go away on it's own.
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1 critter per gallon is not unreasonable for a cleanup crew.
This is true for more mature tanks that can sustain that amount but for starting I’d aim closer to 1 per 3-5 gal of water.

If you have 55 hermits/snails in a 55 gal when just starting off you are asking for trouble IMO (especially with the two urchins). Too many to keep track of and usually not enough food in a new tank. Plus snails in particular if they die can go unnoticed for a couple of days (especially if behind lr) and can quickly foul a tank which leads to its own set of problems.

I would start with around 10-15 max of each in a 55 gal and drip acclimate them for 2-3+ hours depending on your ph/sg level (longer drip if high ph/sg) I would avoid any large snails ie: more then 1 ½” and personally stick to red/blue leg hermits & Nassarius or Cerith snails to start out with.

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1 Blue Devil Damsel
1 Yellow stripped Maroon Clown Fish
Pretty aggressive fish list, you are going to have issues adding new fish to the tank 8O
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Pretty aggressive fish list, you are going to have issues adding new fish to the tank

I know, they killed my Royal Gramma! I will take them back to the LFS once I am ready to add new tankmates. I used them as "starter fish" (after my tank had cycled!).
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