Originally Posted by Mr.5150
-I use only RO
water from a local pure water store...i also use denitrate in the filter.
If the flow is about 300+ GPH
without the skimmer then that should be fine.
water is always a good choice but when using LFS
purchased water you should still double check the levels yourself once in awhile. You never really know how often they change the membranes.
Is the denitrator a granual or a slow flow coil? The granuals could be part off the problem.
The purple stuff along the hair algae is purple and film, slimy some are purple hairs too...Is this cyano? I always thought that cyano was brown or something...It can easily be removed by hand...Should i go ahead and do that?
actually comes in a few different colors but primarily red/purplish in marine tanks. It si easily removed and feels slimey to the touch. Cropping the hair and syphoning
out as much cyano
as possible will help. The hermits will have much better luck with it.
Still no mention of snails
The LFS does not sell zebra hermits. Should i just remove the rocks and try to brush and pull off as much of the cyano and hair algae as possible then put it back in the tank and let the hermits deal with the rest??
I would try the online vendors for the hermits as suggested, but I would not really recommend scrubbing the rock. If the hair algae is kept short enough, the crabs should do the rest.
Cutting back on feedings, increasing the "crew" population, checking the source water and also monitoring the alkalinity would be the best solution at this stage.