Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 10-24-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 46
Finally getting somewhere....

I havent posted in quiet a while and my tank has come a long way. I set it up back about 8 months ago. I just added my first real livestock today!!

I have a 20 gallon high with:

30 pounds of live sand
25 pounds of live rock
1 powerhead
Fluval 204 canister filter
24" double compact flouresant lights (130 watts total)

Livestock includes:

12 turbo snails
1 anemonie
1 lawnmower blenny
2 red legged hermits
2 pincushion urchins

I'm having trouble with hair aglae, hence the urchins and blenny. Do you guys think this will be enough to help??

Here's an updated pic. Not the best....I'm learning this new camera....


ferretmath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2006, 07:47 AM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
austinsdad's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Coming along!!

I'd recommend another powerhead on the opposite side of the current one. Both facing towrd the front center of the tank to provide better flow throughout the tank - with a nice ripple on the surface as the PHs crash into each other.

The lawnmower and the turbos should make some progress. My lawnmower got REAL fat until the algae was gone. He never ate anything else... and suffered/starved in the end.

How long are you lighting? I like to go around 10 hrs.


"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2006, 09:44 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
roka64's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Looking good! Austinsdad is right. I will add two more questions.
1 How often do you feed?
2 What do you feed?
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Acronym List

roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2006, 04:17 PM   #4
Community Admin
melosu58's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 37,890
Even though the lawnmower will take care of the algea for now the true solution should be finding out what is causing this algea. The blenny is what we call a bandaid solution. It merely masks the problem instead of fixing the problem. We will need water test results and feeding schedule as Scott asked for and light schedule. The problem with getting a blenny is that as Ray said once the alge is gone they do not adapt to prepared foods and usually die. Some make the change but most dont IME.
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2006, 07:43 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 46
I have not been feeding anything at all. I leave the lights on around 8 to 10 hours a day. I only have one of those 5 n 1 quick strips for testing and Nitrate and Nitrite are at 0, Ph is around 8.2ish. I buy my water from Big Als and it reads right at 1.022.

I brought the hair algae into the tank by way of some rubble rock that I got from Petco right when I first started the tank. The only thing that I like about the algae is that one of my original snails that I got so long ago is a big green hairy ball! He also totes around a little feather duster on his shell as well.

I have been thinking about the extra powerhead as well. Its just a matter of picking one up, which I'm going to do tomorrow. Shouldnt be too hard, I work at a pet store.

Thanks for all the responses!
ferretmath is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
It's Finally done pentiumburner Members Freshwater Tanks Showcase 9 06-23-2006 07:55 PM
Finally they got it right! Jchillin Freshwater & Brackish - Breeding 4 04-22-2006 11:41 AM
Well, I finally did it.. William General Retailers 21 01-29-2004 07:30 PM
Finally up! SW Beginner Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 12-01-2003 05:21 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.