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Old 08-19-2013, 03:34 PM   #401
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I believe astrea snails eat diatoms, but they will go away on their own so dont stress it too much,
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:36 PM   #402
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I believe astrea snails eat diatoms, but they will go away on their own so dont stress it too much,
yeah i know that they will go away but i still couldn't believe the effect of having the light on for 48hrs straight. i left the house with clean sand bed and came back to what seems like someone taking a dump on it
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:38 PM   #403
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I just came home to diatoms on my frag racks which I just put in right before I left for a week. Just another fun saltwater thing. lol
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:03 PM   #404
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Well, I believe I have Cyano... Can anyone confirm? It gets slimy and stringy.
Also, is it common for palys to lay over like this? Are they getting too much flow?
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Well, I believe I have Cyano... Can anyone confirm? It gets slimy and stringy. Also, is it common for palys to lay over like this? Are they getting too much flow?
Probably cyano but could be red bubble algae. It would eventually get more "bubbly" if it was. Emerald crabs clean bubble algae up really fast, in my experience.

I don't know about the palys. They look fine to me.
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Probably cyano but could be red bubble algae. It would eventually get more "bubbly" if it was. Emerald crabs clean bubble algae up really fast, in my experience.

I don't know about the palys. They look fine to me.
It's not really bubbly, it's stringy, like it starts to come off the sand and rocks in long stretchy strands. I've been thinking about getting another emerald...

Also, tested water today and ammonia was .5! What the heck? I keep going through small spikes then everything is good, then another spike... I think it's that dr tims one and only I used gave me a weird set of bacteria... Never again! :/
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It's not really bubbly, it's stringy, like it starts to come off the sand and rocks in long stretchy strands. I've been thinking about getting another emerald...

Also, tested water today and ammonia was .5! What the heck? I keep going through small spikes then everything is good, then another spike... I think it's that dr tims one and only I used gave me a weird set of bacteria... Never again! :/
Ahh. That really sucks about the fluctuation. Hopefully you'll have a good set of natural bacteria soon and that will all end.

That def sounds like cyano. I love emerald crabs. Lol. They're my 2nd favorite next to porcelain crabs.
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Ahh. That really sucks about the fluctuation. Hopefully you'll have a good set of natural bacteria soon and that will all end.

That def sounds like cyano. I love emerald crabs. Lol. They're my 2nd favorite next to porcelain crabs.
I really like porcelain crabs too! Just don't think I could keep both...

I'm thinking about what I want to upgrade to... I've been contemplating just going to 7.5g rimless cube... I really would like to run a sump, but I'm trying to figure out a clean way to build an overflow... I don't want anything on the glass beside a powerhead... I've been trying to research center overflows with a tall island style rock scape to hide it. Possible drilling straight down through the rock so the overflow pipe comes out the top center of the rock... I dunno, this is all just ideas. If the tank stays on my dresser, the bulkheads would have to be on the back bottom of the tank and the plumbing would have to turn then go down the side of the dresser with the sump being next to the dresser... I don't even know if that would work... But that's the only possible way I could do it without putting it on a stand somewhere else...
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I'd say you got yourself the beginning of some cyano. You can start doing bigger water changes or go with chemiclean. I;d be careful in such a small tank tho with adding chemicals, it will only take a tiny bit

Have you considered an all in one system with the back enclosed to house skimmers, reactors etc? Innovative marine makes everything from a 5g up to I think 38g, all rimless and they are sweet. I am eying the 36 inch wide 24g tank they have for $300. lol One day soon hopefully.

But check them out or even jbj has some rimless small tanks.
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Thanks Carey! I'll start uping the water changes and research the chemiclean...

I don't really want to go with an AIO... I like having the tank clear all the way around... I found a few threads that might help and shows it has been done. One guy even runs his return line through his overflow so there is only one bulkhead in the tank. My only concern is having too many elbows in the drain pipe... And can I make the water level about an inch higher than the top of the drain?

Here's a couple useful examples...

http://www.nano-reef.com/topic/17092...st-tank/page-8

http://www.atlantareefclub.org/forum...ad.php?t=20020
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