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Old 07-21-2007, 12:15 AM   #11
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Diatoms are just unsightly - nothing harmful about them - and will eventually burn out on their own. Once your nitrites are at zero, 6-10 snails would make quick work of getting rid of those diatoms for you and would probably be a good addition to the tank.

The biowheels don't need any maintenance, but I'd rinse out the filter pads in the Emperors every week (or during water changes) in your old salt water you're taking out of the tank. Replace the filter cartridges every 4-6 weeks or so.

Good to hear you've got a friend onboard to coach you through it!

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Welcome to AquariumAdvice.com!!!
All great advice so far. I would like to emphasize a few points. First off...you tank has not cycled completely. The biggest mistake folks new to the hobby make is adding too many fish too quickly. I cannot stress enough the importance of allowing your tank to experience a good solid cycle PRIOR to adding livestock. If you do not, you will find yourself in the middle of a never-ending game of "catch-up" trying to keep parameters at acceptable levels. I say acceptable because ideal parameters will be hard to achieve at this point. I highly suggest you return all of the livestock to the LFS and let your tank cycle properly and completely before adding anything.

As mentioned, the addition of lots more LR will be very beneficial both now and down the road. Anywhere from 80-100lbs total should be a good goal to shoot for. You are making very common mistakes but the good news is that you are not too far into things that you cannot recover. It is just going to take a bit more time. Slowing down now will save you big time heartache, money and time in the long run.

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Agree that you don't need to feed the snails as they will feed themselves off the diatoms and other wastes within you tank such as uneaten food and algae. Mexican Turbo Snails are really good as they cover large areas and will help remove the diatoms in no time.

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