01-17-2013, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Dogs Little Pigs
my 14g cube has been doing great. everything is thriving, i test my water a couple of times a week and readings are all very good.
however, i'm having trouble keep the glass algae-free. am i expecting too much? i have a tuxedo sea urchin that cruises around. the starfish i have is going to the LFS this weekend as i don't think there is enough to sustain him. i have just a couple of astrea snails but they aren't keeping up with it.
can someone (brian :) ) suggest what i can do to keep the glass clean? it's odd...some days i wake up and see it sparkling, other days i have to run the magnet over it a LOT.
oh and, got my new 29g cube set up. nothing in it yet, not even water, so looking forward to getting it started soon!
Algae on the glass is something everyone has. I don't think it can be avoided and it's not a sign that you're doing anything wrong. Many people make glass cleaning part of their weekly water change / maintenance program. I only clean the front glass and let the algae go on the back and sides. It all depends on the look you want and your set up. Cleaning the glass more often makes it easier in the long run. When it gets really noticeable, it's harder to get the glass clean.