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Old 01-23-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
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keep that sand white and bright

do yall have the same problem as me, where your entire sand bed's surface is covered with any kind of particle that would be in your tank, i have all sorts of brown and black and other chunks of stuff, there is only two pieces of rock, and no fish, yet the tank floor is covered with crud,


anybody have any suggestions on keeping this clean, if i were to siphon the crap off it would just take all that sand outta the tank, which is bad, so any ideas would be appreciated
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:47 PM   #2
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Is the gunk sort of slimy looking? Does it make bubbles and sheets of crud?
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Old 01-23-2005, 05:24 PM   #3
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well i did have cyano but im working on controlling that, this stuff is just like particles and stuff likethat that could be removed from mechanical filter easily, but getting to there is the hard part i guess,
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You could easily vaccuum that stuff up...but I've always been afraid to do too much of that as I'm likely to vaccuum up a lot of critters as well.

It depends what kind of ecosystem you're trying to maintain. Left alone, the sand bed won't stay pristine and clean.
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When i only had 1 percula and tons of pods my sandbed was clean. Added a few more fish/less pods=dirty sand bed.
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Old 01-24-2005, 05:16 PM   #6
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you could also take a look at your water circulation. If there's not enough circulation it could be whats letting it all settle to the sand bed. Also, if you get a little more LR, it will help disguise the gunk while your critters take care of it. Ultimately, all your snails, worms, pods, etc take care of all of this stuff. If you don't have enough, it could be why you're seeing it build up. I wouldn't suggest vacuming the sandbed, you will end up removing more sand than gunk. Do you have any kind of HOB or sump/fuge on your system?
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Is the gunk sort of slimy looking? Does it make bubbles and sheets of crud?

i have that my tank is about a week old? should I do anything about it?
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If it is slime looking and breaks up easily you may have cyano. Also called slime algae. That is a fairly young tank to have a problem with cyano. are you using tap water for the fillup and topoffs? It may be that you are adding phosphates into the tank with your water. You may need to get an ro/di unit or use distilled water as I do. You can rid the tank of it by using chemi-clean but you need to stop the excess nutrients or it will be back. You can also add some PH for water movement to keep it from starting.

of course this is all if it is cyano. do a search on this sight or post a pic for a positive ID. HTH
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If it is slime looking and breaks up easily you may have cyano. Also called slime algae. That is a fairly young tank to have a problem with cyano. are you using tap water for the fillup and topoffs?

I bought RO.DI water from the LFS and premix saltwater. That is the only water that has been in the tank so far. I will check out picture of the bacteria to make sure its the same thing.
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Currently i have an amiracle mudd filter, its like a sump and a fuge combined and its growing caluerpa, then i have a seaclone skimmer, and a aquaclear 300 thats running only with Kent marine phosphate sponge in it that i got today,i have two ac 301s that are really close to the bottom of the tank to try and keep stuff from settling, i moved those down today too. It isnt only the cyano that was on the bottom, theres other crap i think might have some from the rocks or soemthing, just like dust and chunks of stuff, and all that stuff just seemed to settle on the sand maybe the extra flow near the bottom will keep it suspended to help the filters get it... well see, its starting to look a lil better though, and hopefully the phosphate sponge will rid the exess phos and help control that cyano,
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