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Old 02-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #11
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Well, here's what my rock work looks like. I'm hoping to keep the same rock work tomorrow after pulling and scrubbing all the hair algae off of them. Afterwards I've got about 33 gallons ready to change out as well.

I'll be using my daughters' Mickey Mouse shovel there to "skim" the sand and manually remove whatever I can. Hopefully this along with a few doses of Phosban will end this battle quickly. But I know flow is still going to be an issue.

With all this cleaning ( rocks sand 40% wc), I'm assuming I should test regularly for any spikes within the tank over the week to come?
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:16 AM   #12
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Looks like diatoms on the sand. If it is, it will disappear in a month or 2. Hermits and some snails eat it daily. Conches are great at destroying it. Gobies do a good job to. Shovel the top layer out one day and it will be back the next.
As for hair algae, flow probably won't make much difference. Need snails to eat it. I get some algae right on my pumps some time. Snails always get it.
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Looks like diatoms on the sand. If it is, it will disappear in a month or 2. Hermits and some snails eat it daily. Conches are great at destroying it. Gobies do a good job to. Shovel the top layer out one day and it will be back the next.
As for hair algae, flow probably won't make much difference. Need snails to eat it. I get some algae right on my pumps some time. Snails always get it.
Def. not diatoms they are sprouting up they actually look like wheat. I've got a couple of snails in there but I think I need about 15. Not sure about hermit crabs as I've had a few in there and only 1 is still walking around I think the fish are eating them :-(

I was thinking algae blenny. What type of goby eats hair algae?
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No, sorry that was for the diatoms.
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No gobies eat hair algae as far as I have seen. I've always kept algae blennies and they didn't seem to touch it unless it was trimmed very short.
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Well, then it looks like back to my original plan of scrubbing, skimming, Phosban, and three weekly feedings for the fish. My lights are already down to 10 (10 hours for blues, and 8 hours for whites).
What's the best to use in my Phosban 150?
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Well, then it looks like back to my original plan of scrubbing, skimming, Phosban, and three weekly feedings for the fish. My lights are already down to 10 (10 hours for blues, and 8 hours for whites).
What's the best to use in my Phosban 150?
You could probably cut the lights back to 8/6
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I have a 35 gallon with a mj pro 900 circulation pump and a topfin 30 powerhead! I have about 30x turnover in my tank! Never ever will there be to much water flow in a reef aquarium unless its keeping your sandbad off the bottom of yor tank
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Well, then it looks like back to my original plan of scrubbing, skimming, Phosban, and three weekly feedings for the fish. My lights are already down to 10 (10 hours for blues, and 8 hours for whites).
What's the best to use in my Phosban 150?
Have you considered bio pellets?
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Have you considered bio pellets?
There were bio-plastics in it but they don't tumble they way they should. I was thinking purigen, but the Phosban is missing the black foam discs and looks like I'll have to order them from foster & smith.
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