So now that my tank has done most of it's cycling (after 5 months), I decided to add a tiger goby (?) to help sift the sand bed in order to keep any unwanted algae from growing. But I noticed that there seems to be a ton of "dust" floating through the water when he's doing his job. The majority of the tank that he has cleaned looks amazing, but this dust seems to float around the tank, and most of it lands on the rocks.
The tank was previously owned by someone else, so I have no idea what kind of cleanup crew he had, or what this material could be. I am curious whether it is organic detrius being stirred up, and if it is, can I hook up my AquaClear 300, run a sponge pad and 2 carbon filters, and suck this stuff out day by day until its gone for the most part? Other than the particles, the tank looks pretty good. I dont have a digital cam, but I might be able to borrow a friends.
My other question is why might my mushrooms not be opening up completely? I have power compacts, pretty decent water flow, and my pulsing xenia and zoos seem to be very happy... I also was given a yellow daisy coral, which seems to be doing terrible. It is developing brown jelly, and somebody had told me to do a freshwater dip, but I'm scared I would kill the whole thing. Any advice for either problems? My water seems to be a bit yellow when the blue lights are off and only the daylights are on, so could there be a lot of unwanted stuff in the tank? pH 8.2, 0/0/5, temp 79-80.... Kinda getting worried about the tank. TIA