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Old 03-30-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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Time to clean up this mess

My setup is explained thoroughly in my profile.

Parameters:
0 Ammonia
0 Nitrite
3-4 Nitrate
0 Phosphate (using phos guard and it works )
8.2 PH
500+ Ca

My tank is running well so far. Problems are:

1. Dirty (with some cyano i think) sand bed
2. Some small patches of hair algae
3. I have to clean the front glass almost everyday b/c algae growth
4. A glass anemome within my zoos colony

My light cycle:
7AM - 8AM: 5W moonlight + 65W actinic
8AM - 10PM: 5W moonlight + 65W actinic + 65W 10,000K
10PM - 11PM: 5W moonlight + 65W actinic
11PM - 7AM: 5W moonlight

Any suggestion on my light cycle to reduce aglae growth?

Im looking at purchasing UV sterilizer and HOB fuge/sump in the future. Would the UV help me much with the algae? If yes, i might buy one this weekend if i have ur approval hehe.

My clean up crew is kinda small so should i go ahead and get some more this weekend too? Any species would help me with the sand bed?

Thanks a million
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:09 PM   #2
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How long has your tank been running?
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:35 PM   #3
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This weekend will make it 4 weeks of age. Long noobie story
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:13 AM   #5
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OK, so I cannot follow orders...

Reduce light-not more than 8 hours a day total...then gradually increase to 10 hrs. Moonlights are ok, but IMO not needed.

PWC...PWC...PWC


Oh did I say PWC. Do at least 10-15% weekly

As for the unwanted anenome.. inject directly with lemon juice or a product called Joe's Juice. Not much lemon juice as it can lower PH.

Pepermint shrimp are also known to help control aptasia. I would wait before adding anything though as per the other long... long... long discussions we have already had on this subject.

Oh did I mention PWC?

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Alright thanks i'll reduce light and do more PWC. And I should just put lemon juice into the tank? or do i inject it directly into the anemone's body with a needle?

What about a UV? Do u think i need one to clear up my tank?

I'll wait for another few weeks til i add more living stuff.

BTW. I truely wish you get well soon. There are noobs and fishes for u to save
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its good to wait to add more animals, but when you get to the point where its okay, i would suggest a conch for the sand bed. i put one in my 29 gal and my sand is nice and sparkly! Good luck!
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Yes, inject a small amount directly into the anenome with a small dropper/syringe. might have to do it more than once.

When buying from LFS watch for aptasia in there tanks. I avoid buying when it is visibly present. I had a small aptasia create a large hole in my buttom polyps. They can be nasty.
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Anyone have a good pic of aptasia?
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Here's a pic of a pretty standard looking aiptasia.
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