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Old 11-25-2013, 07:40 PM   #11
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How often do you clean it and do you have a fish which cleans the bottom? If not, do a regular mix(swoosh the bottom or stir it) every other week
This will not fix the problem and could lead to huge amounts of nutrients trapped in the San being released. Which would then lead to more algae. I would keep up on wc with ro/di and it should go away as your tank matures. You can siphon it out as well
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Yes! I mean use a pump and vacuum it up if possible! I'm so sorry for miscommunication!
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Yes! I mean use a pump and vacuum it up if possible! I'm so sorry for miscommunication!
Haha see that makes more sense
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I am a beginner at aquariums so I'm bound to make mistakes! :0
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #15
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LOL, yeah mucking up the sand will release all sorts of nasties into the water. If you use a vacuum then you would just gently go over the sand surface, very gently. BUT if you have enough flow things shouldnt accumulate on the sand anyways. But the algae, yeah pull it out if you can, I sometimes use tweezers to pick up the mat, the algae comes up with a little sand but it comes up in one piece usually.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:06 PM   #17
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If you're running a sump I would look into an algae scrubber, I built 1 for my 120, best thing I've ever done for it, not a trace of nuisance algae and my parameters have never been better
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I don't have sand.... My tank is surprisingly clean without too much scum! I'm super happy about it. I've had this tank for 3 weeks now so I'm new still
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #19
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Bare bottom is much easier to keep clean but sand looks a lot more aesthetically pleasing IMO.
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