today was a first sign of algea growth, i have brown algea stuff growing on my sand bed and almost the entire piece of one large flat LR
that sits on the very top in the middle of the tank. im guessing this is diatoms?
i have only like 4 large snails, size of a nickle with a pointy shell. they are all over the LR
and cleaning it very noticably. but i beleive i need to get much more snails. what type of snails are these? how many should i need?
i also have maybe about 12 of the smaller pea size snails with a more ball shape shell. they are more in the sand bed and buried during the day. they are all over the brown growth on the sand bed. are theses nausarus snails? how many should i need?
and one lonely hermit crab. he has the exact shell and the larger snails. he is working the LR
mostly and has small red pinchers. he is small and cant get a good look at him.
i took a new set of reading to see what is going on with the growth. im guessing that the growth is due to the CP light that i have installed last week. most growth is where the light is, and not where its shaded under the LR
readings on 10/4/05, this color match water test is not very good. is there a better way to get a more reliable reading. to me, the nitrate reading is hardest becuase the yellow coloring is almost the same for 0, 5.0, and 10
High Range pH = 8.2
im still confused about my tank cycling is fisnished. what other tests do i need to purchase?
any help of the water circulation with the previous posts?
i know i have a lot of questions so i appreciate any and all of your responses,