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Old 01-03-2003, 03:12 PM   #1
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I just started my new reef aquarium 2 months ago, and there is a brown algea on the sand, and a green algea on the glass, how do I get rid of it?
(I already have 4 turbo snails)

Also, is this a good setup?
50 gallon glass tank with stand
hagen fluval 304 canister filter
red sea protien skimmer(hang-on)
40 lbs of live sand/ 40 lbs reef sand
I am currently using 2 single tube normal output fluorescent hoods(better than nothing, right?) until I get a more powerful light.
I have not gotten a heater yet, because I have not determined what wattage to get.

What would a good light to get be?
(I want to get a light good enough to get most coral.)
(I don't want to get a metal-halide)
Is there any other equiptment I need?

I have the following Inhabitants;
8 damsels, 1 yellow tang, 2 clownfish, 4 snails, 1 coral banded shrimp.

I would appreciate any other advice for a begginer(my only other experience is freshwater).
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Old 01-03-2003, 05:16 PM   #2
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What is the temp of your tank without a heater. Your water should be 76 to 82 degrees.

Check www.hellolights.com for your lighting needs, if you dont want metal halide check into vho or power compact.
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Old 01-03-2003, 05:29 PM   #3
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Don't think I can be of much help here but I will try. Sticking with the 3W per gallon rule (if memory serves) you will likely want two 75W heaters for your tank. You will likely want a better protien skimmer, such as an Aqua C, and live rock, somewhere between 75 - 100lbs worth. You will probably want to lose the canister filter or clean it out often and add a couple more snails. For lighting, figure 4 or more watts per gallon. Again, this is all if memory serves and I reserve the right to be mistaken, especially as there are people here far more knowledgable than I.
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:43 PM   #4
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Check www.ahsupply.com for PC lighting also. I have ordered from them and have been happy with their service so far.
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I had ordered a VHO Light set up and it worked great. I had a double bulb set up and used one Aqua sun bulb and one super actinic bulb. It made the tank look great, and the corals and fish did great under them. As for the heater you probably need at least a 150 W heater. The Ebo-jagger makes a good heater. Everything else you described sounds ok. The filter is a matter of opinion. So people will tell you to run one some say don't. It's just a matter of preference. I ran one on my tank without any problems. The power compacts are nice too. I have a friend who has them on one of his tanks and they work great too. Good Luck with your tank.
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Ur tangs too big 4 the tank, ur shrimp will try to eat ur clownfish and damsels. i like snails...
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I had a yellow tang in a 30 gal tank and it did just fine. Just make sure he can swim back and forth across the tank. I also had clown fish and cleaner shrimp and never had any problems with them. I really believe your algea problem is just lighting. Get better lights and I think your tank will do better.
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Hey Zephyr HOW BIG ARE YOUR CLEANER SHRIMP IN AUSTRALIA ?

If there big enough to eat a Clown fish lets put them on the Barby and have a party
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I have a 55gal tank , It had a algea problem .only had 7 turbo snails . I bought 20 more , Real clean now
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Have to agree that you may want to try some more snails. Had a similar red slime problem in my 30 g with no snails. I bought a dozen and within in a week the tank was clean the algae gone.
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