Okay, I figured this would happen. On a 20g saltwater reef tank my parents have reported the first signs of what will likely be a torrent of algae. We have 130 watt PCs which are helping the stuff along. I'm going to be saving up so we can get a RO
filter and an AquaC Remora or a CPR BakPak 2R skimmer to make sure the water is pure, but it's unlikely any of that will happen till this summer. Therefore, I advised my parents to go to the LFS
and ask if they sold RO
water (I know they use it on their tanks there) and stock up for water changes. We have a clean-up crew but they aren't making a dent, apparently.
Anything else that can be done in the meantime? I'll ask my mother to take a nitrate reading, but for as long as I was maintaining the tank over Spring Break they were at a consistent 0, FYI
The clean-up crew (as far as algae goes) consists of a baker's dozen of blue-leg hermit crabs, and a dozen astrea snails. They're all very tiny and not of much use yet. Occasionally the LFS
has a blue tuxedo urchin on sale, but I doubt one creature is going to solve the problem. So let me refine my question: anything as far as water quality and the tank set-up that we can do? :) The algae I saw building was hair algae.
EDIT: I thought I would add a picture of the tank from when I was there. We had moderate algae at that point, so I'm assuming that now it's more dense.