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Old 04-22-2012, 01:57 AM   #81
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Ok finally figured out the right position for powerheads. Things seem ok now.

2 questions today;
1. Sump repair- my baffles need to be re-siliconed in. Which means skimmer is out for 3 days. My tank us having major diatoms now expected since new sand and 10 lbs new rock. No slimmer for 3 days ok? Or should I wait till the diatom cycle is over?

2. Deep sand bed- it's getting full of nitrogen bubbles (pics). What can I add to keep my sand bed stirred? Don't want Anything that be eating the life in the sand like goby's.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:59 AM   #82
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Oh dsb pics


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Old 04-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #83
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Do you have nassarius snails? Thy stir it up. Same with serpent stars
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I wouldn't worry about the skimmer being off for a couple days. Just do a water change if you feel the nutrient level is high.How deep is your sand bed btw?
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:39 PM   #85
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Needmorecowbell- I have about 4-5 nassarius snails and 4 cerith snails.

How many should I have in 90 gallon?

Mr._X - it's about 4 inch in the front an 1" on back. I had used about 10lbs of my old sand.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:45 PM   #86
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I will be adding 1" every 2 months. Level it off at 4"
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:12 AM   #87
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You'll need a lot more than that for a cuc. Talk o John at reef cleaners, best deal out there. I have about 17 nassarius snails in a 30 gal.
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You'll need a lot more than that for a cuc. Talk o John at reef cleaners, best deal out there. I have about 17 nassarius snails in a 30 gal.
I do realize that numbers are low. I will add more as the tank develops. I don't want to put 30 nassarius snails in knowing my sanded is new and there will be no food for them.
Most people overstock them and they starve to death slowly.
I feel once the tank gets stable-
15- nassarius snails
15- cerith snails.
5 - dwarf hermits (red)

I would rather have bit of algae here and there than dead snails.

But I will check out reefcleaners. Thanks
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Yeah I gotcha. I didn't add many snails until about 3 months in. Depending on your fish and how many you have, you might be able to get away with it.
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Algae have started to grow on glass. I use mag- float on the glass. 2 spots are left all the time.

1. Front glass when the sand bed start.
2. Corners where the silicon meets glass and on silicon.
Just curious how you guys clean those area's.
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