question about keeping the glass clean
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!
Well, what kind of algae are we talking about here? Brown spots that appear? Or other? I only clean my glass once a week, front and sides. I use a SW Blue scrubber pad, and a scraper. I do it because I get a white bacteria film on the glass. THe only places I get algae is where the light directly hits the glass. Are you using RO water? Shouldn't have to do it more than just once a week, some nutrients must be in the tank making algae grow more.
yes, i'm using RO water for the most part. occasionally, i top off with tap water. i'm on a sand point where my water comes from an underground spring, no chemicals or anything, just pure water.
the algae i'm talking about is just the brown stuff. i guess i'm just a little too particular as i hate to see ANY algae on the glass. the magnet i have doesn't really do the job well enough so i do get in there once a week or so with a scrubber. :)
Sounds like typical stuff then.
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