Originally Posted by FishyFrick31
I have two questions for you... What's a substrate and what is a water parameter? Lol
The goby with the orange dots looks like the attachment on here and the other one looks like the yellow head I attached also... The yellow one is not much of a nuisance to my tank at all. Actually pretty peaceful. But why would the lfs
guy say that I can fan off the algae in the sand because you don't want to disturb the sand bed but then it's fine to let a goby dig holes to the bottom of it and constantly move sand around?
Substrate is your sand bed.
Water parameter is your levels of ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and phosphate. They are EXTREMELY important to know and since you aren't aware of them currently I would say that they are the sole cause of your hair algae issues. I would suggest that you go out and buy an API saltwater master test kit to test for your water levels but in the meantime take a sample of your water to a LFS
, a different one than you have been going to if possible, and have them test your water.
Again, going back to not listening to your LFS
guy. If you have a Deep sand bed which is a sand bed that is 5" deep or more than disturbing the sand bed could cause massive issues in the tank. An average sand bed of around 1" or so doesn't have the major problems that a deep sand bed has so it's okay to disturb it.
Some more questions:
How long has this tank been set up?
How often do you change your water and how much do you change out?
Do you have a protein skimmer?
What are you using for a filter?
Did you cycle the tank before adding livestock?