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Old 12-16-2012, 12:09 PM   #11
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So how do i keep my filter in pristine then? By cleaning like im doing everyweek?
I got 4 hermit crabs
4 turbo snails
2 cleaner shrimp
2 wild clowns
1 royal gramma.
I thought the snails would take care of this?
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:11 PM   #12
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LOL it is almost impossible. That is why folks rarely if ever recommend using a canister filter on a reef system. Canister filter + high lighting required for coral = algae.

Snails are not going to keep the glass spotless. No critter will. They eat in streaks, they don't care if they make it pretty

All tanks are going to have some amount of growth on the glass - I clean my glass usually 2 or 3 times a week. It is part of keeping an aquarium. However, at 20ppm nitrates, you are going to have more issues than most.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:17 PM   #13
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Ok thanks so ill have to clean glass more regular then. Was told on here that the api test kit that u need to divide your result by 4 for a true reading this right?
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No that is not right.


Invest in a piranha mag float. They are pricey but make quick work of cleaning glass. Far superior to the chincy plastic mag floats.
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So what is that exactly a magnet that flout about collecting algae?
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Let me google that for you
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Sarky haha
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They cost a bit for what they are but work very well. Usually one pass takes care of it all.
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I looked on ebay and that model u said would have to come from the us.
Im in the uk so id be waiting ages so i just bought a cheaper one so see how that goes for now cheers for ur help.
Was thinking about putting a v2 protein skimmer in there a 120 nano. Are they loud do u now cause the tank is in the living wall and its very quite at the moment.
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Not sure on that particular model but most skimmers do produce some noise.
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