my algae bloom has gone away for now. I had just started my first SW
tank, a nano 10 gal
reef. after I was sure the cycling was complete I added livestock like some blue leg hermits, nerite snails, emerald crab, green star polyp, yellow polyp, and a bulls eye shroom. I had a horrible algae bloom that looked like someone poured a can of rust in the water. the algae is gone after a water change and some cleening up but I lost a emerald crab. so with the above stated I am looking for answers of the demise of the emerald and also the proper introduction of chemicals to the water column.
first off I used distilled water, the salinity is 25, temp 78 degrees, and I know the ph
is above 7.8 but I do not yet have a test kit that reads high levels for SW
above 8. I was told that the salt mixture was calibrated to set the proper ph
when starting an aquarium so I would not have to be concerned about this yet.
I bought seachem reef plus for vitamins and amino acids, reef complete for calcium. I dont have a calcuim test kit yet but could some one tell me how often I need to add these chemicals when a 1 gal
water change is done once a week? what else am I missing? Iodine? I thought Iodine comes in with the salt?
the hermits are still alive along with everthing else but I still dont know why the emerald died. did that last algae bloom spike the amonia one last time or do I need to get a better grasp on the ph
level. why would the emerald be so sensitive and not any of the polyps or hermit crabs?