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Newbie : Cleaning Advise

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by afeltham, Oct 19, 2017.

  1. afeltham

    afeltham Registered

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    I’m sure this is something that your all used to doing so apologies if this is a daft question....

    What’s the best way to
    a) clean all this off the sand and
    b) reduce it happening again?

    More CUC? Filter media?

    I have an algae farm thing and skimmer in the sump.

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    The last image is for good measure - the shrimps are normally working hard!


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  2. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    try a sand sifting starfish if the tank is mature
     
  3. afeltham

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    Mature? It’s about 3 months old. 9 fish. 6 snails. 2 shrimp.

    Is that stuff algae?


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  4. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    looks like cyano

    would nt add starfish yet

    keep an eye on it

    i just stir it up manually
     
  5. hmgMark

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    What colour is it looks purple in pictures if so could be cyno how long are lights on possibly shorten day,water movement increase
    If it brown it's just diatoms and part of the cycling process and will disappear assuming you are using good husbandry practises
    Cuc never a bad thing but if cyno none of it will touch it vacuum sand but will reappear quickly Are you using ro water and what is tds should be 0
    Be patient do not add to bio load
     
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    As already stated, it looks like cyano so check your flow, feeding regime , husbandry regime and be patient. If all is good then it should die out of its own accord. Part of the maturing process I'm afraid
     
  8. afeltham

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    Thanks all.
    Its a difficult colour to describe... i think it does seem to have a purple like tint to it. It tends to 'clump' with the sand not sure if they all do that! I do have 3 turbo snails in the tank but they are more like shells rather than cones.

    Sounds like i need a few more CUC then. :)
     
  9. chilliman

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    get a bucket and cut a pair of the misses tights up and use a turkey baster and sieve it through the tights into the bucket .when done return any water thats is left over back into the tank job done and also more cuc is needed
     
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