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I also took out one of my turbo snails as it died unfortunately, the other is hanging on, hopefully it'll pull through, if not I'll have to pick up some algae eating critters, any suggestions?

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Reply #76

Stomella snails are probably one of the best for that if you can get them,
I got two  lol free as hitchhikers with me new live rock.
Algae blenny are excellent for that.
There are various snails you can get that are good ::::
Turbo snails
Astraea snails
Turban snails
 nerite snails.
Don't get bumble bee snails their not really any good for algae eating as the above.
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Reply #77

Trochus snails are good and if they fall on their backs they can turn themselves back over , they eat algae aswell but they won't eat macroalgae .
Hope this helps.
Hermits eat algae .
Good luck
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Reply #78

The algae blenny is also known as the lawnmower blenny .(true not joking) these little beauties have tiny little teeth which they use to rip at the algae .
I'm going to get one for my tank when it's actually ready for it.
They're algae eating machines .
Think that's where they got the name lawnmower blenny from..
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Thanks very much Dave that's some really useful info, I had thought of a lawnmower blenny but haven't seen any in my lfs just a yellow blenny and a red and white one which looks lovely but not sure if it's an algae eater, I have tested my parameters now and they are salinity 1.024, Ammonia 0.25, nitrite 0.00 Nitrate 0.00 and ph is between 8.0 - 8.2 its hard to tell exactly but everything seems to be in check

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HOORAY  !!!  8D
Well done mate , you're about there now ,Ammonia is a tad high still but apart from that you're about there.
It takes a little time and patience but worth it in the end.
So pleased for you , all that hard work you have put in has finally paid off.
Keep up the good work ,remember you're testing ,once a week should be sufficient.A small water change once a week if needed ,you'll soon get to grips with you're tank and what works best for you.
Remember this is you're creation , no one else's , going by the book doesn't always work for everyone . You'll find you're own way to run it successfully that's the key .
Well done and good luck.
Everybody on here is always on hand ready to help when needed
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Reply #81

Think the algae blenny is the way to go.but upto you ,it's you're tank,
You could ask you're lfs to order you one , or check out a few other shops to see if they have one. You might want to ask the price first though before you ask them to order it for you ,
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As much as I do want a blenny I think I'll get a clown next as my firefish hides most of the time and is really shy so I'd like something to watch swimming about lol, I fear the blenny may hide in the rocks a lot aswell which I don't mind once I have a bit of action in the tank but I feel like I am staring at rocks at the moment lol I also really like the cardinal fish but I think my tank may be a tad small for one

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Yeah well I know that feeling staring at rocks at the moment,
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I done a few quick test this morning, salinity 1.024 Ammonia 0.50ppm, nitrite 0ppm ill test for Nitrate later today and ph, I'm thinking of doing a waterchange today or tomorrow
Pointless testing for nitrate and notice while you have ammonia in the system bro. It’s not till the ammonia is completely consumed by bacteria to then start the nitrite and eventually nitrate cycle. Maybe it’s just a time thing. How’s the little firefish doing with the ammonia??


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Thanks smiffs reef I didn't know that, I just thought because I had algae growing I must have some nitrates but I'll save my solution and just test Ammonia then u till it has cleared, thanks for the tip mate

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It's starting to take shape now, I done another waterchange today and my parameters are looking spot on so I decided to treat myself and got my first coral, it's a species of zoa on a small piece of live rock and has opened up now but under the blue light, unfortunately my phone can't take a photo with this light on, just looks like a blue blur lol I also added a little clown fish which is settling in nicely and was eager to feed aswell, I'm really happy with wee tank, it's looking good

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Yay,well done mate,
Some livestock at last ,
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Thanks Dave, I know lol there's only so long you can go staring at rocks, the wee clown is keeping me entertained he's been on the go since I added him, the zoas have also opened up now and luminescent under the blue light, no need for TV for me tonight lol

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Reply #89

Yeah well done mate,been a bit of a pain in the wee arse but you're off now,up and running,just take you're time and don't try to add to many things to soon,keep us posted mate as you go along and we're always here if you need any help .Dave


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