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Old 03-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #1
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Sand stiring

About every 5 to 7 days I will start to get a brown tint and a couple if red spots I have 3,400 gph flow from my power heads and my sump return on top of that. It is a 90 gallon tank and I have my lights on a timer from 2pm til midnight. Before I do my weekly PWC I take a scrubber and mix the sand just enough to kick the color up and out of the sand. Is this okay? Or is there a better way I could go about taking care of this.
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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are you using tapwater?
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Unfortunately I have to until I can afford an RO unit and I'm thinking I may need a chiller before that so I don't have to break my bank trying to run my air conditioner into the ground keeping the tank cool in the heat of Atlanta summer.
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sounds like diatoms and they feed off the silicate in the sand bed if it is they will go away.hope this helps
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Thanks, but should I leave them alone? Or continue to stir them before my water changes?
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:51 AM   #6
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stir it i used to use a turkey baster worked wonders
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Yea I got a crew of zebra turbo snails and a few of them were large ones an they cleaned through that stuff in a few days
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:17 PM   #8
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I had a crew or hermits and snails but my banana wrasse decided he didn't like them in the tank.
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