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    Senior Member cdn beaver's Avatar
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    Sand cleaning

    Hello,

    I seem to have an algae issue, but only on the sand bed. Im not sure what is causing the problem. Phosphates tested 0, and nitrate between 5-10. My bulbs are about 6 months old...

    Anyway, is it alright to siphon off the very top algae covered sand layer at the next water change?

    Thanks
    Cheers,
    Mark

    Setup:
    27 Gallon Saltwater tank, 110W PC Light, Seaclone 100, 5 gallon HOB Fuge,Approx. 30lbs Live rock, Aragamax sand substrate.
    Livestock:
    Tomato clown, Mandarin dragonnet, Bicolor Angel, Assorted hermits and snails, Cleaner Shrimp.
    Corals:
    Assorted mushrooms, Zoanthids, Finger Leather.

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    Taking off the algae off the sandbed should be fine. Just don't go too deep....not a good thing to do.
    You will still need to find out why you're getting the algae bloom. How long has the tank been running? Are you using tap water for top-ups ?
    Regards,
    Patrick.
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    The tank has generaly been running for about 1 1/2 years. However, afew months ago, I had to switch to a new aquarium because the old one started to leak. I also used new sand at this time. I have been using RO water since the change over afew months ago.

    I dont get the agae any where else. My rockwork is all pretty clean. Only the top layer of the sand bed seems to grow the algae in lighted areas. I hate how it makes the tank look dirty...
    Cheers,
    Mark

    Setup:
    27 Gallon Saltwater tank, 110W PC Light, Seaclone 100, 5 gallon HOB Fuge,Approx. 30lbs Live rock, Aragamax sand substrate.
    Livestock:
    Tomato clown, Mandarin dragonnet, Bicolor Angel, Assorted hermits and snails, Cleaner Shrimp.
    Corals:
    Assorted mushrooms, Zoanthids, Finger Leather.

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    Senior Member JUSTINPRICE's Avatar
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    cdnbeaver i completly understand what you are go thorough i clean my sand one night and then in two days its dirty again, its real frustrating

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