Originally Posted by Flyin Fish
Today I put a yellow Tang 3 turbo snails and 3 hermit crabs. They had it cleaned up in a few hours. The tang started eating after about 10 minutes and didn't stop all day! Definitely going to look into the cause. I don't have a phosphate test today but suspect the carbon I got in bulk from the lfs
may be bad. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!
Slow down. What size tank is this?
Carbon will not cause an algae problem. Algae is caused by light and nutrients (nitrate and phosphate). Adding things to eat it doesnt do much when you consider the fish eats it and poos it right back out into nutrients that feeds more algae. You have to break the cycle by removing the source.
More info on your setup would help a lot. Also algae in a new tank is normal. If its excessive growth then its a problem.
29g Mixed Reef, 150w 14k Phoenix MH w/ Moonlights, Reef Octopus BH1000 HOB Skimmer, Ecotech Vortech MP10es, ReefKeeper Lite (Plus), PH Probe, Temp Probe, ATO, Carbon/GFO Reactor.