Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 09-28-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 3
What can I do?

I'm fairly new to saltwater aquariums, and I just love it. My 20 gal. tank is composed of 2 clowns and 1 YWG. Lately, I've had a brown algae/diatom bloom all on my sand and rock, and quite frankly it's pretty nasty looking. I hear this is just a process that the tank will go through, but what can I do to get rid of it as quick and efficient as possible? I do NOT have access to RO water, and my lights are only on for about 4 hours a day. I also use Instant Ocean salt too. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Craig
__________________

__________________
craig1560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
Welcome to AA!

A diatom filter, but I'm afraid that you will forever be chasing some variety of algae until you start using RODI. Do you have access to a Walmart / Grocery store? The machines that dispense water would likely be a large improvement.
__________________

__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 3
I do have access to both. But from what I understand RO water comes from a filter systemt that would cost me a fortune. I'm just a college student and have been doing my water changes with distilled water.

Thanks for the welcome as well! I'm learning a lot here!
__________________
craig1560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 10:41 PM   #4
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
I started without an RODI filter of my own as well and used water from the local store. It measured almost as good as the water that I make now with an RODI filter. A couple food safe jugs and a weekly trip and you should be good to go for around 30 cents a gallon. Plus you won't have to worry about the waste water from the filter or replacing membranes.
__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 10:41 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
Tank2379's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chicago,IL
Posts: 2,890
Send a message via MSN to Tank2379 Send a message via Yahoo to Tank2379
Welcome to AA... ..

First you don't want anything in this hobby to start off quick- .. Usually doing things quickly can became not so great in the end... Be patience and let the Diatoms die off by itself. If you are still cycling I would cut the lights off to a minimal. Also if you can I would suggest investing in a RO/DI unit- you can get one for cheap around $60 or $80. HTH...
Tank2379 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 09:21 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 3
Thanks guys. Appreciate it. So I guess all I can really do is sit back and watch? Maybe keep the lights to a minimum?
__________________
craig1560 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 11:56 AM   #7
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
IME, yes. My tank went through the brown stage, followed shortly by the green stage, then the red slime stage, and then finally got to the I love to look at it stage. lol

Like Tank said, nothing good happens fast in SW. Don't feel bad though, Mother Nature has been working on the reefs a lot longer!
__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 12:13 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
SAAVE853's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Posts: 275
I have just gone through the stages with my 55gal and now is when its starting to get nice just give it time.

Besides that just up your cleaning crew (snails, hermits)

I just got myself a sea hare and i love the way he cleans!!!
__________________
SAAVE853 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 02:04 PM   #9
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
I mave mixed feelings on sea hares in aquaria...

They do a great job on algae, but they also get sucked into intakes and killed pretty easily which can foul a tank. If all intakes are covered well, just make sure to "loan" it out or trade it in when there is no longer a supply of algae.
__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2010, 03:08 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
SAAVE853's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Miami Beach, FL
Posts: 275
Quote:
Originally Posted by HN1 View Post
If all intakes are covered well, just make sure to "loan" it out or trade it in when there is no longer a supply of algae.
LOL sounds like buying a car!
__________________

__________________
SAAVE853 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.