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Old 02-08-2011, 06:13 PM   #31
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it takes 3-4 weeks for a cycle usually.
the red on the sand is cyanobacteria. you don't need to be running your lights right now. all it's doing is helping nuisance algae to grow.
i can't make out some of the algae. i do see some dying halimedia.
rip a piece off and shoot a picture of it out of the tank so we can see the shape of the leaves.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:25 PM   #32
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here are some pics of the algae sorry couldn't get a real clear shot. I have been keeping the lights off and have noticed a lot of little creatures in the tanks have a blue legged hermit crab seen two tiny white snails a few little star fish long armes looks like it has tons of small barbs black with i think tiny grey stripes. noticed a worm has burrowed a hole in the sand next to the glass and also a few small looking bugs running on the sand not sure what any of them are sucks being the new guy not having a clue what all is in the tank right now lol
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:34 PM   #33
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sorry, i still can't tell anything from the pictures.
try to pick it out here:
Browse Groups in Algae (Green)
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:15 PM   #34
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its been 2 weeks since i got my tank up and running i have noticed those little things that i thought were snails they are little white creatures kinda look a little like slugs with 2 tiny antennas i now have a total of five but also I have noticed alot of sediment moving around in the current. I have a rough sand also so i dont think its the sand not for sure any ideas how to fix it. I hace a bio cube 29 with a 425gph power head is that to big for the small tank
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google "stomatella snails".
i don't think that power head is too big at all. i think you need to catch that sediment. what we strive for with power heads is to have enough flow so that detritus is suspended long enough for the filtration to remove it. it's a good thing that it's not landing. can you use a filter pad for a week or so?
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:26 PM   #36
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i had a pad in it but took it out to put in the biocube skimmer so i take it might be better to go with the pad and not the skimmer. Those stomatella snails are exactly what i have so far five other then them what others would you recommend for a clean up crew?
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i don't recommend cleanup crews to be quite honest. i don't believe in them. i like crabs and snails because i like diversity in my tank, not because i have faith in them being the missing link between a dirty tank and a clean one.

my advice would be to buy some critters (once you have no ammonia or nitrite) like maybe a couple astrea snails and a few tiny hermits, and watch them for a while. don't go crazy with a ton of inverts right now.
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how good is a emarld crab in a reef tank which i dont have any corals right now but i like the way they look.
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Emeralds eat diatoms, hair algae and scavenge. They are notoriously hard to keep. Most ppl say they die in a few months for no apparent reason. It's a crap shoot. I've had them before in my 90. They both died.

That said, i bought two for my 125 to attack the hair algae while I get nitrates under control.
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If the nitrates are out of control then the emerald crab will die. They don't survive in those conditions. You should add them after the nitrates are under control.
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