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Old 07-30-2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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i am still fairly new at the whole fish tank thing let alone salt water tanks. My dad gave me a 20 gallon sw tank about a month n a half ago along with some live rocks two green cromis and a hairy crab. the hairy crab was aggressive so we gave it to a friend. i now have a little nemo and a tomato clown. i also have a sebae anemone which seems to be doing pretty good...my clownfish have not taken to it though. my tomato clown seems to be playing in the sand as if it were an anemone and making a sand dume out of it. i have one live rock that has hairy moss that grows rapidly, just on the one rock though, but has just start to spread to the other rocks...any suggestions there? i have no crabs or snails yet, getting some tomorrow though.my water temp is hard to keep stabilized cause the temp in my house drops so much at night making my tank temp drop...any suggestions?
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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For the hair algae, get some snails. Margarita, Turbo, or Nassarius snails, or however they are spelt lol. Those types of snails will take care of your algae problem. Also, it is a known fact that clownfish will not always host an anemone. It is never guaranteed. As for the temp thing, since it drops and raises, i think you could do with both a chiller and a heater. The days that it gets really too hot for the tank, throw in the chiller to cool it down. And for the really cold days the heater would solve that problem.
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:27 AM   #3
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Like Links said, go with some snails, they'll do great. The ones he listed are the ones you'd want too. Keep in mind that inverts dont so much effect your bioload so you can have a decent amount. Dont go crazy either though!
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:29 AM   #4
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well i have a heater but it doesn't keep it stabilized. my tank never gets above 80-82 which is good but sometimes it drops to 70 overnight. i don't know if this will harm my tank or even slow my coral growth. the fish seem to be doing fine though!
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is your heater working correctly though?? It shouldnt have such a drastic drop like that without the heater kicking on. I think you should try a new heater. What kind is it and how many watts is it?
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:49 AM   #6
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it's a tetra 200 watts
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Old 07-31-2009, 11:50 AM   #7
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you really dont need 200w for a 20g tank. and if it is 200w and its not heating the tank from such drastic temp changes, i think its time you get a new heat IMHO
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Well, what temp do you set your heater to? You want to keep it set at the highest temp your tank achieves during the day.
As for the algae issues, you should work on checking your water parameters. Adding snails will help but will not solve the problem.
What/how much/how often are you feeding?
How long are you running your lights?
What are your water parameters?
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Welcome to AA. As far as the algea we really need to find out what`s fueling the algea. Read this link on some of the reasons for algea.FantasyReef Databases-Viewing item "10 Step Plan for Nuisance Algae Control"As far as your temps bouncing around from 82 to 70 that is basically lethal in a SW tank. The key to temp. in a tank is keeping it stable. Wild swings like that will cause severe stress to corals and fish. Find a heater you can trust and keep your temps stable.
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Here's a real stupid question but I ask because it happened to someone I know.. the name we need not dwell on..

But when this person was doing some maintenance he made the mistake of plugging the heater back into the wrong outlet on the timer strip. So when the lights went out so did the heater. When the lights came on in the morning, so did the heater.

Drove me ..errr... him nuts for awhile trying to figure it out.

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