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Old 03-31-2011, 12:05 PM   #1
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28gal nano cube hqi temp and algae

My tank has been up and running for 12 days today my temp flexes from 78 in the morning to 80 at night with 7 hours of light is that to warm or to much of a flex and could that be the reason for all of the long hair green algae and brown...pet store told me to get some hermit crabs to cut down on the algae seems to be working but all of the algae is ending up on my sand bed crabs have been in for 48 hours and seem to be doing fine should I add more of a clean up crew ( turbo snail) I don't know all of my water levels are perfect please help...
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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You aren't cycled yet so I wouldnt add any more live crew to your tank. Do you have a test kit for your water? You will definitely need one to get your tank cycled properly.
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Yes I do have a test kit ph, ammonia and no2 and no3 is all perfect, is there any thing else I should concern ,,. Do you think 80 at night is to warm
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I keep my sw tank at 80 but I've been told I should keep it at like 78.

Do you test for nitrates? It's really rare a tank can cycle in 12 days or less is the only reason i ask. You should have some reading on the nitrates. Specially if you just finished cycling.
Just my opinion though, someone else will come along I bet.
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A 2 degree temp fluctuation is fine. I suggest you try to cut your lighting time in half, and feed only once every 2 days
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Yea I was thinking about cutting the light back to 4 hours a day but would that be ok for the crabs,, and the guy at the pet store told me that I don't need to feed the crabs that they will live off of the algae till I start adding fish but it's hard to beleave what anyone says because I've herd so many different things
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Yeah you don't need the light for anything unless you have corals, I see obviously you have a 28G nanocube. How long has it been up and what's your CUC consisting of right now?
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Up and going for 12 days,, I only have 12 hermit crabs only to cut down on the algae.. But I don't under stand the hole cycle thing when my ph and ammonia ect is good.. Am I cycled and should I be feeding my crabs or will they live off the algae
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They'll clean up detritus. 12 days you say? That doesn't sound like long enough for a cycle. Can you give us numerical test results? How did you cycle it if you think you cycled it? You should have seen a spike and drop in ammonia, then a spike and drop in ammonia, then 0ppm for each and have some reading of nitrates.
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