what does a mature sandbed actually look like?

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i have one powerhead aiming right at that spot but obviously its not doing anything because the algae managed to grow there. hah and i have another powerhead disrupting the water surface. I think they're just not powerful enough. that spot gets a lot of light from the light setup and maybe very very faint from window too but my room is facing away from the sun so i never get proper sunlight.

it started growing some time last monday but towards this week its gotten super ugly. im trying to remember what changes i made to my setup and i remembred i added a filter sock in the sump. im wondering if that made things worse because initially i was hoping to catch all detritus but the sock gets reeaaallly dirty. could the reason be then that im overstocked? the DT is 80 litres and sump is 30 litres when return pump is on. i have a clownfish and a poop machine (bicolour blenny), and my cleanup crew includes cleaner shrimp, 3 astraea spiny snails, 1 paradise snail, 1 strawberry conch and 2 cowries. i also have a squat lobster but not sure if he counts lol. i got a buuunch of bristle worms too. i got a fuge which is full of live rock and some grape caulerpa and its a whole city of copepods. everything in the tank is healthy and doing amazing.

i can definitely vacuum it but im starting to run out of sand and my conch needs a deep sandbed so im guessing i will need to top up with new sand.

ive had cyano before but it was red that time. i guess it does look like cyano again but i was unsure because its only on the sandbed, and the colour is different this time.

You're not overstocked, in my opinion anyway.
I would suggest that flow is the issue, it appears that that is the case with the numbers that you provided

Maybe try a 3 day lights out?

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suppose i could do that. would it be a bad thing if i vaccuumed, water changed and started lights out on sunday? its usually when i record my water parameters and complete my water changes. sundays are also when i have the whole day completely to myself.

oh maybe i should mention. previously when i had cyanos i treated the tank with red cyano rx blue life and it really worked. do you think i should dose it with the lights out? or leave it out for now

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suppose i could do that. would it be a bad thing if i vaccuumed, water changed and started lights out on sunday? its usually when i record my water parameters and complete my water changes. sundays are also when i have the whole day completely to myself.

oh maybe i should mention. previously when i had cyanos i treated the tank with red cyano rx blue life and it really worked. do you think i should dose it with the lights out? or leave it out for now

As long as its not suffocating any corals or anything it'll be fine to leave for a little bit.
I dont tend to use products in my tanks, so I cannot comment. I like to try and find a natural remedy. Also I tend to go overkill on flow and dial right back

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_97wi0J41y/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Alternatively you could remove, clean and reintroduce the sandbed? A lot of work with that though

 

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As long as its not suffocating any corals or anything it'll be fine to leave for a little bit.
I dont tend to use products in my tanks, so I cannot comment. I like to try and find a natural remedy. Also I tend to go overkill on flow and dial right back

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_97wi0J41y/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Alternatively you could remove, clean and reintroduce the sandbed? A lot of work with that though

oof definitely a lot of work cleaning out the sand and reintroducing. wouldnt that also interrupt the eco system a lil? ill try water changes and lights out 3 days we'll see where it gets me. thank you so much for your help!

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