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Old 02-24-2005, 04:14 PM   #1
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Algae?

I have a 12 gal Nano. I"m getting some nice algae on my LR, however not on the glass or the back. Should i be getting more algae after about 3 weeks?

Also...there are A LOT of pods in my tank. Is it ok if there are a bagillion of them!?
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Pods are a sign that your tank is doing well. Get something that eats them like a sea horse or manderin.

I dont know about the algae though.
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Get something that eats them like a sea horse or manderin.
Maybe a good idea, but important to mention that seahorses are really meant for a species only tank. Also, manderin gobies would not thrive at all in a 12 gal nano. They easily will reach 4 inches or so, and they have quite difficult eating habits. Most reject any prepared foods.

What color is the algae that is on your rock? And how are you cycling?
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Also, manderin gobies would not thrive at all in a 12 gal nano. They easily will reach 4 inches or so, and they have quite difficult eating habits. Most reject any prepared foods.
I thought they, like sea horses, only eat pods? The guy at my lfs told me that what they do is watch the rocks and such for the pods then when they see them its dinner time.
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I thought they, like sea horses, only eat pods? The guy at my lfs told me that what they do is watch the rocks and such for the pods then when they see them its dinner time.
Sounds right. I was mainly talking about the size constraints of the tank, and the fact that they will not eat anything prepared (flakes, pellets, etc.)
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The algae is brown and i'm cycling with an ocellari, who is doing quite well
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i'm afraid to say that brown algae isn't good. the kind of algae you want on your rocks is called coraline algae and its purple. brown algae can be taken care of by the addition of some snails and hermits. dont worry about the pods, they're a good thing. but i would worry about your clown, the only fish ive heard that are good for cycling are damsels. but most people would recommend fishless cycling. i did mine with a piece of coctail shrimp from my grocery store. it gives you the ammonia spike to get things started, and then no fish have to go through the stress that cycling causes them.

how long have you been cycling? and what are your parameters?
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The algae is brown and i'm cycling with an ocellari, who is doing quite well
The brown algae is a normal part of cycling & will go away with time, assuming your water quality is good (I believe low salicylates will help). The clown probably won't be doing so well as the cycle continues. Most people around here are strong believers in cycling without the use of fish, and I've come to believe they are correct.
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If the brown algea is dust like when disturbed then it is diatoms. It is very normal in a new tank. They are caused by silicates in the water. They will burn out on their own. As stated above you can add some snails and hermits to help but it is not needed. It is not too late to return the clown and do a fishless cycle like mle421 suggested. The clown will work to cycle the tank but For me it is too much of a chance to lose a $25 fish. As well as stress the fish through the cycle.
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The clown will work to cycle the tank but For me it is too much of a chance to lose a $25 fish. As well as stress the fish through the cycle.
Agreed. You can cycle just as fast using raw shrimp, or even just live rock. Don't worry about the brown algae, as already stated. It is just diatoms, and will go away on it's own. At this point, I don't know if I'd advise getting even snails or hermits until you atleast have minimal ammonia levels. You are sure to have an ammonia spike at some point, if not already. How long has it been since you have tested your water? What did it read?
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