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Old 01-06-2014, 03:03 PM   #11
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:42 PM   #12
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Added 40 margarita snails tonight!

Battle of the Diatoms
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Old 01-07-2014, 01:29 PM   #13
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Added 40 margarita snails tonight!

Battle of the Diatoms

You should never add an animal to battle an issue that can be remedied by your action or if it can be waited out.

Once it's gone you're still gonna have the snails but with nothing to feed them with.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:02 PM   #14
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What's on this live rock?

I agree too some extent with you, however I think with 150 lbs live rock and 125 gallon tank 40 snails (of whom I saved from the local grocery store) for $1.00.
What I do agree is once the brown algae
Is gone I will probably pick 20 or so out and put them in my sump with the Macro algae growing in there.
I may be wrong but I think with the amount of water I have and rock, 3.5 snails per 10 g should be fine?
At least that's what I got from my Lfs?
Something maybe Mr X would be able to advise on
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I'm going to have to side with Scouser on this one. Most of them will starve. That said, every municipality has different things in their water. Just because one guy can keep corals with tap water doesn't mean someone else can. The problem is excess nutrients, whether it be silicates or something else. You have to figure out where that's coming from and reduce or delete that addition.
The first logical thing is to assess feeding and bio load V.S. nutrient export. Are you doing enough water changes and/or have a large enough skimmer and filtration to process/remove what you are putting in?
Secondly, the source water. I would want to clean that up.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:30 PM   #16
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What's on this live rock?

Thanks X, Scouser for your replies...as far as water changes I try and keep religious on every other week (20 gallons)
I try not to over feed my fish, however it's difficult when you have fish that need 2/3 daily feeding.
I've added a power head and adjust ing the flow accordingly.
This tank is about 4 years old, and sat fallow for over a year after loosing interest, kids etc..but now I want to have a successful tank to teach the kids to appreciate our water! Been up and running now for half a year.
bTw I do have my old skimmer, but decided on trying to do it without and increase LR and add refugium...I may be wrong, but think its possible to filter
without a skimmer.
2 go around with Brown algae didn't realize that it could come back after the tank is cycled
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I don't believe you have fish that need to be fed 3 times a day. Anthias? I think they are fine with once a day. Basically, put a weeks worth of food in your hand. What does it look like? A baseball? If so, there's your nutrient source.
It would never hurt to run a skimmer. Why are you reluctant?
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:37 PM   #18
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You do not have enough rock. A pound to a pound and a half per gallon. I see no fish that need to be fed more than a few times a week in your tank BTW
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Thanks X,

I have a moorish idol that apparently needs multiple feeding as well as 2 delicate Pipe fish Click image for larger version

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