Ok im new to saltwater aquariums and have a few questions. First im having trouble with Algae that I think are Diatoms. The algae keeps covering my substrate on the bottom of my tank then moves up onto my fake plants and fake rocks. My tank is a Fish Only 60 gallon Acrylic 20"H 48"W 16"D looks like half of an elongated octagon, im using a CPR bak-pak 2R protein skimmer and an Eheim 2213 canaster filter, I have a coralife actinic 03
and a trichromatic 6500k full spectrum lights running about 12 hours a day also 4 LED
moonlights I made myself running 24/7. I also have a Rio 800 moving water in the tank. As for fish I have eight, 2 tank raised Percula Clowns, 2 Three spotted Domino Damselfish, 2 Yellowtail Damselfish, and 2 Sargent Major Damselfish. The tank has been set up for about 7 weeks .temperature is around 74.5-77f .The water was tap when I filled the tank, I have since done a 10 gallon RO
change and then i bought a RODI
unit from filters direct off Ebay. My unit is a 6 stage Water General RO6100Dint RO
and i just did a 15 gallon change, I also added 1 cup of Seachem Phosguard phosphate/silicate control to the filter but the algae is still growing. Should i get A algae attack pack from Doctors Foster & Smith http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...=25&pCatId=520
Which contains 12 Scarlet Hermit Crabs, 24 Mexican Turbo Snails, and 35 Dwarf Red tip Hermits,or should I use Chemicals? or any other Ideas?
Ok For my Second Question I want to turn my fish only tank into a marine tank with corals and such so im about to buy Live Rock From Doctor Foster & smith web site
It is Fiji Live Rock is 45 pounds enough for my tank? or should i get more?
Is this stuff any good? any better ideas? was choosing this one based on price.
Ok For my third ( and last)question I am going to need new lighting for the marine tank and need help on this one. I would like to build my lighting system myself and have seen some great articles on this website!
I was thinking about doing dual 6500k 250w Iwasaki Metal Halide but have a concern, my hood is black acrylic and only has about 4 and a 1/2 inches of space between the tank and the hood. Will it melt my hood?or tank? i was planning on installing fans but worry about the direct heat to the hood. Also do I need some type of HO
with this? if so what should I use? OR if the MH
wont work What should I retro Fit my tank with? keep in mind i want to build it myself and dont want to spend an arm and a leg for it .
Well sorry for the long post any advice is welcome.If it works Picture is a model of my tank