Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Identification
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-18-2006, 03:22 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4
What is going on in my tank??? (PICTURES INCLUDED)

Hello all, I am new to salt water aquariums. I started up a few months back and until now, I haven't had any problems. First off, my tank has been turning green lately. I drained half the water about 3 weeks ago and replaced it with new. It stayed clear for a few days but now its back to having a green tint. Secondly, there are these hair like things growing on the rock as well as on the hermit crabs. Here are some pictures of the tank, the filters and the hairy rock. Please help me correct this. I havent lost any fish in about 3 - 4 months now.

THE TANK




THE FILTERS


THE HAIRY STUFF ON THE ROCKS




Thanks in advance for any help.

Tommy
__________________

__________________
TommyG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2006, 06:24 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4
here are some more pictures of the hairy stuff on one of my hermit crabs. Please help me out.



__________________

__________________
TommyG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2006, 09:03 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 697
Have you tested for nitrates lately?

My guess is your canister filters are trapping lots of nitrates and that's feeding the algae outbreak.

I'm not exactly sure what the hairy things are but they're most likely some kind of algae. Generally speaking, canister filters are not a good idea to use with saltwater aquariums. They can trap waste and release nitrates back into your system. If you do use canister filters...you have to change out the filters quite often.
__________________
75g reef
zenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2006, 10:01 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,256
Send a message via ICQ to fishfreek Send a message via AIM to fishfreek Send a message via MSN to fishfreek Send a message via Yahoo to fishfreek
Interesting. Does the harry stuff have any color? Its hard to tell from the images. Its likly a form of hair algae and as Zeen pointed out you should check the water quality for nutrents that the alge will use.

You mention no loss of fish for 3-4 months so the tanks been setup for a while and that time can allow for nutrent build up to start. What kind of water are you using for your top offs and new saltwater mixing? Have you checked for phosphates amonst the normal water quality tests?
__________________
Remember dont tap the glass, your fish will think you're an idiot -Anonymous mother

Check out our articles area. 30+ Aquatic articles for your enjoyment
Are you in or around the Shenandoah Valley area? If so click here to join our regional forum.
fishfreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2006, 08:58 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by zenn
Have you tested for nitrates lately?

My guess is your canister filters are trapping lots of nitrates and that's feeding the algae outbreak.

I'm not exactly sure what the hairy things are but they're most likely some kind of algae. Generally speaking, canister filters are not a good idea to use with saltwater aquariums. They can trap waste and release nitrates back into your system. If you do use canister filters...you have to change out the filters quite often.
Does anyone know how to change the filters?
__________________
TommyG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 12:45 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 93
Send a message via Yahoo to faerykisses
your filter should have come with instructions. mine did.
__________________
"Fish are friends, not food"
faerykisses is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 01:02 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: St. Augustine/Jacksonville, Florida
Posts: 648
Send a message via Yahoo to Florida8
if not, go to yahoo or google and type the make and model in and download the owners guide/book
__________________
Kimberly in NE Florida
*******
Cycle complete Early 2-06
29g reef
2 ph and 1 HOB =460 gph
130watt Orbit lighting system
50+lbs lr
1 blue green chromis, domino, blue devil
6 turbo snails
1 mantis GRRRR!
Florida8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2006, 08:37 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
oyf709's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 645
the canister filter on ur right is a algae generator if you don't clean it often...trust me, i baught one and now i almost going to throw it out of the window.
__________________

__________________
We Provide LED Solution For Your Aquarium..
Click the Signature for more information.
http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/w...09/aqled-1.gif
oyf709 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
pictures, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bubble nest? Who did that? (pictures included) AquaBry Freshwater & Brackish - Breeding 19 01-15-2009 01:27 AM
Help! Sick Molly, Pictures Included. studmaster Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 15 05-31-2006 10:04 AM
What is this on my glass? Pictures included. studmaster Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 04-10-2006 05:29 PM
Check this out pictures included... gooyferret Members Saltwater Tanks Showcase 3 05-09-2005 10:22 PM
Strange insect in tank! (Pictures included) kdross Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 09-21-2003 06:32 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×