I went to my lfs
today and was telling them that my sand bed has brown algae on it that just won't go away. I have been using ro
water in my ato and pro salts that I buy from them. I do w/c once a week and when I do my w/c I am always sure to get all the diatoms and detritus that I can. But regardless the algae always comes back by the time I'm due for a new w/c once a week. I have tested for phosphates with a Hannah checker it reads 0. My nitrates are 5.0 or less. Ammonia 0 cal 420 kh
9. My tank is 60g sand bed depth is 1 to 3 inches it is not perfectly level. I have a ato and I only use ro
. I have a hob
refugium and a little bit of chaeto in my sump. I use a bubble magnus curve 5 protein skimmer. I'm running two AI Hydra lights for 8 hrs a day. A media reactor with chemi pure eleat and phosban. I have a wave maker. 20 gal
sump with a small pwr head for sirculation. Temp between 75° and 78° for the most part.
1 blue tang
1 yellow wrass
1 6 line wrass
1 pacaso clown
3 hermit crabs
3 turbo snails
7 small snail black and white stripes I can't remember the name.
1 bigger crab I can't remember the name I just know he likes green bubble algae.
4 nasera snails
1 skunk shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp.
1 leather coral
1 rose anemone
A small facia
said that about every 8 months I should use a small diameter siphon and remove all the sand over a period of a few w/c's swirl it around in a bucket and dumping out the water and leaving the sand behind. Then put the sand back into the tank. He asked how deep the sand bed is (1in to 3in) and how many gallons the tank is (60g) before telling me that should be my solution.
What do you guy think I should do?
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