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Old 11-26-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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I think that because of my use of tap water I had a spike in algae growth

I have been testing my water chemistry on a weekly basis and everything seems just right. However, I think that because of my use of tap water I had a spike in algae growth. I cealned the tank and then bought 3 snails in the tankm to help with the cleanup of the algae on the glass. However, after a week it seems like the hermit crabs killed and eat two of the snails. I gave the tank a serious cleaning, I now have some protion of my sand that looks slightly brown like algae lives on the surface of the sand. Do I clean the surface of the sand by "sweeping" the surface or do I get more snails to clean the sand surface?
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It`s diatoms. I would say that in a while they`ll burn themselves out but your repeated use of tap water will only add more fuel to the problem. You really need an RO/DI unit. Read this on tap water

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:48 PM   #3
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I plan to buy a RO/DI water unit after Christmas.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:33 PM   #4
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and hermit crabs kill snails out of instinct, not just because they need a bigger shell or need food. they will kill snails until there is none left.
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I had turbo snails.....so now i am thinking about getting a different type of snail.
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i can't think of a snail that keeps the sand bed clean. if you are patient, those diatoms will disappear as fast as they've come.
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Ok first, your not feeding your hermits enough food. I have three and never did they kill any of my snails.
Second, a Nessarius snail is good for your sandbed, it basically lives in it but will pop up from time to time to say hi and they are about $4 a peice, just be sure to keep your ammonia lvls down or just about everything will die but the hermits.
And thirdly, your tap needs to be tested at you LFS before you use it but if you do use it dont be too extensive or excessive with it b/c eventually it will make your water lvls go cuckoo. Try using it only for quick/small top-offs, other than that like for evap. replacement I use Distilled, its much cleaner and better for use in bigger quantaties.

But your Hermits shouldn't kill your snails unless they are hungry, geez lol I had snails hitchin a ride on the back of my hermits lol starfish too (astrea) but yeah try feeding them more. How many do you have? What Specie are they?

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Another thing, Snails add to your Bio-load, probably about 2-3 Nessarius Snails for every 10g should be fine (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) Just set the Nessarius(es) in somewhere unobtrusive not around your hermies and they will be under yuor sandbed in about 24 hrs. another bonus to Nessarius(es) is that unlike gobies and other sand-sifters, they dont eat any of the good stuff in your sandbed, only the detritus, which will cut back on a lot of your negative chemicals that you dont want. that and they are really cool to watch when they come up or go down, and if you find one top-side, man, they are pretty active lol and fast too!!!

But yeah I forgot to mention ^this^ earlier..

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nassarius are carnivores. they eat uneaten food, but not fish poop or any type of algae.
2 or 3 per 10 gallons and you'll probably have to add extra food, just for them.
feeding extra food to the tank just to keep the hermits fed seems contradictory to the whole "cleanup crew" fantasy.
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Lol yeah, but at least it will keep the snails from being eaten.

And as far as Nessarius go, I was told that they do eat the waste out of a sand bed. Not sure about fish poo, but hermit poo, yeah lol but then maybe I was told wrong, but that is what's been happening in my tank.

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