I ended up being able to get the algae off with gentle scraping with a credit card edge - worked great and didn't scratch the acrylic at all. I'm in the process of mixing salt water now to fill it. I have a small batch of live rock coming next week. I also have to buy a bunch of base rock and cure it. However, everything has to be done in little bits because of my budget. Just paid my youngest son's university tuition for the spring! YIKES.
I love the internet. It's fascinating to chat with someone across the world. Tell me about your tank in Tehran. Do you have lots of local fish stores? Or do you buy from the internet? Is SW
a big hobby there? It can be very expensive around here and I shop carefully for everything I buy because of price.