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Old 01-09-2007, 01:48 PM   #11
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Is Cyano the only oxygen producing bacteria? I see a ton of bubbles in that last pic. I have some Bubbles in my sand under the cyano in my tank.
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:13 PM   #12
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Hi,

Sorry on the feeding what I meant was I feed either daily or every second day. It depends on how I feel. I never feed more than they choose to eat. Once they stop or really slow down their eating during the feeding session I just throw the rest of the feed away. With the frozen food I also thaw it in a cup of tank water, then tip it all out over a net and run a few more cups over it in the net, with the aim being to get rid of as much "loose" nutrients in the feed/water.

I normally do clean my equipment, it's just with power heads they stick to the glass rather strongly making it difficult to get them off without popping the suction caps out!

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I'd cut back feeding to once or every other day too. Also, does your cleanup crew need updating? Didn't see many of'm in your pics.
My clean-up crew consists of a single hermit crab. I probably should get more. What might be some ideas for a clean-up crew and the maximum I should be adding to the tank? I did have a second hermit crab with the view to add more but they just faught and only one survived.
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flanque, check out this article.

http://www.reefs.org/library/article/t_crail.html

I too think you are suffering for a Dinoflagellates (which, like cyano, isn't a true algae) rather than cyanobacteria. The article reccomends a few solutions that have worked for the pros and researchers, as well as a deeper description as to what it is.

I would most definitley consider the addition of snails to your clean up crew, perhaps an urchin as well. I'm hesitant to suggest and Algae Blenny, mainly because they are hard to care for. But boy they control algae well.

My advice is to remove all that you can physically first, either suction or scrubbing it off. Remember if you scrub it off to still try and remove all you can, then do a water change. (Dying algae can just just as bad for the tank as dying fish). Black the tank out for a few days, and try running some activated carbon or phosphate sponge. I agree with melosu that the reason your tests are showing up 0 for both nitrate and phosphate is likely because the algae is consuming it so quickly.

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oo7cable, cyano and dinoflagalletes are the only O2 producing "algae" that I know of. Usually cyano forms in thicker sheets with less bubbles. Dino usually forms in somewhat thinner sheets, much more bubbles. Usually.
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Yeah I tried snails once but the problem I found was that they kept falling over and would then become the prey of the hermit crab and fish. I had six of them but they all died.
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I like Nassarius, cerith snails and Top Crown Snails, maybe even a fighting conch. Those snails seem able to upright themselves. The fighting conch is cool too. I have a queen conch, you should have seen my hermit try to get her shell!
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flanque, check out this article.

try running some activated carbon or phosphate sponge.
I had this kind of problem with my last nano it wsa a 5 1/2 and it was doing everything to get rid of the algae. It never went away until I ran carbon. I'd definitely give it a try.
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Yeah I used to run carbon a few months ago and stopped... hmm, there's a co-incidence! I'll give it a shot.
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Yeah I tried snails once but the problem I found was that they kept falling over and would then become the prey of the hermit crab and fish. I had six of them but they all died.

hmmm, i keep around 30-50 various snails, 3 fighting conch, and a couple dozen or so hermits at least. needless to say, my 55 stays pretty clean.
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