Okay, I have a 65 gallon tank with 65# of live rock. I added 10 bumblebee snails and 2 electric hermits. I got a diatom bloom which is now decreasing. My tank has been set up since May 9 but I just got the lighting 3 weeks ago. My schedule is blue actinics on 9 hours, 2 175 watt 10,000 k
halides on 5 hours a day. I added 5 cerith snails, 5 narrissus (sp?) snails, and 8 dwarf zebra hermits. (thanks to all your fine advice) I now am getting real fine hair like algae on my rock and acrylic sides. I am going out of town for a week and do not plan on running the halides while I am gone. ( I do not have my fans yet and I do not want a fire!) Should I leave the sides of the tank alone, the critters do not seem to be eating it? Will it go away while I am gone in absence of halides? Should I have someone feed the critters while I am gone, or will the live rock suffice?
I am obviously nervous about leaving my tank for a week, that is why we do not have any fish yet! 8O