11-18-2011, 02:06 PM
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: 3350 Ulmerton Rd Suite 13, Clearwater, Fl 33762
You've bought the turkey.....
......but what does your tank look like?
In just 6 days the first of several big days will be here - the start of the hectic holiday season. Thanksgiving Day, a day filled with yummy food, football and perhaps guests, many of which will stare at your tank.
Is it ready for those eyes?
We take calls every work day - and answer many questions - the most of which have to do with tank care and well being. Many still struggle with nuisance algae and want a solution which will work - not just cover up!!
Let me give you a few pointers - based upon the years in the field - caring for my own 15,000 gallons and numerous client tanks.
- RO Units will reduce your headaches significantly - IF and ONLY IF you maintain regular filter maintenance.
- Even with the use of an RO unit, Chloramine (water processing facilities addition to all public water) will NOT be filtered, resulting in trace amounts of ammonia.
- Water must be treated with an Ammonia Blocker- ie: Amquel, Zip Drops, Prime are a few for sale within the hobby.
- Proper eco-balance must be established between fish and animals which will consume waste and left overs.
- Adding an extreme population of algae eating snails to combat algae will only produce the desired results for a limited period of time - then food supply (algae) will wain, snails will die - their meaty bodies will spike the amomonia, nitrite, nitrate cycle resulting in an algae bloom- Unfortunately the army of algae eating snails will have died and the problem will actually be worse then before.
- Besides using a balance of hermit crabs, shrimp and stars - NON algae eating snails are a MUST. The best clean up snails we know of are nassarius vibex. This is a Caribbean snail, which resides happily within the warm waters of the Caribbean - not to be confused with Nassarius Obsoleta which is a cold water snail- which will ONLY survive in the typical aquarium for 1-2 months. The most important thing these small but mighty snails do - is to hut down and consume all things dead, rotting and disgusting!
We welcome your questions and comments.
Feel free to call, email or post.
Have a Fantastic Thanksgiving,
The Reefs2go.com Staff
727 623 0914