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maguay 05-01-2007 04:09 PM

algae problem
 
I am having a problem with algae on my live sand. I've already got a big turbo snail, 5 small hermits, and 5 small turbo snails. My goby helps a little, but I still have a bunch of algae. What should I do? Should I add more snails and crabs, or maybe another goby? Any suggestons will help. Thanks.
My tank is 60 gallons by the way.

SKAustin 05-01-2007 05:05 PM

If youre not using RO water, I would recommend that to start off. Alot of people still use Tap, or filtered tap, but the impurities, even in the filtered tap will continue to feed the algae.

Another step you can look into is the addition of nassarius snails and sand sifting starfish to keep the substrate clean and well aerated, and Cerith snails to help consume the algaes, diatoms, and detritus.

usmc121581 05-01-2007 05:18 PM

First lets start with how long has your tank been setup and what are the water parameters.

SKAustin 05-01-2007 06:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by usmc121581
First lets start with how long has your tank been setup and what are the water parameters.

And what does your current stocklist look like?

caferacermike 05-02-2007 06:43 AM

And let's go for the obvious. If you have algae or cyano on your sand bed, you seriously do not have any flow across the bottom of your tank.

maguay 05-05-2007 01:59 PM

Sorry it took so long to reply, but my tank has been running for about four months and the water levels are nromal. I do have a power head in the the general area of the problem algae which moves 270 g/hr. Should I get a stronger one? Also, my big cleaner snail died and some of my hermits, however my fish are fine. What's up with that :?:

usmc121581 05-05-2007 04:51 PM

What kind of algea is it. Never mind the snails and hermits. Some will just die off. I had a time when I lost dozens in a month but nothing was wrong with the tank.

maguay 05-06-2007 05:10 AM

Well, thanks for the quick reply. The type of algae is cyano (red slime) and some brown hair algae is developing. There is also algae that is turning black on the live sand, which I belive to be cyano algae as well. please help, my tank looks horrible :!:

caferacermike 05-07-2007 05:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maguay
I do have a power head in the the general area of the problem algae which moves 270 g/hr. Should I get a stronger one?

Haha, yep. I run close to 2,400 gph in a 75g and still get some trouble spots.

bigdeeezy 10-09-2007 11:10 AM

i had the same problem as you but i bought a chocolate chip starfish about 4-5 inches across and it goes all over the tank and cleaned up that ugly mess...now my tank is doing ok but still have some algae...i have a 55 gallon tank


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