Algae contract cleaning

Discussion in 'Nuisance Algae' started by jrwdive, 1 Sep 2009.

  1. jrwdive

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    My tank has been going about seven weeks now and a bit of green algae was starting to become evident. On Sunday I decided to collect some snails to reduce the problem until the ATS kicked in properly.

    I nipped off to Isipingo and quickly collected some candidates. The problem is, being new to the game (more is better) I ended up with a solution way too big for the problem.

    5 x Turbos, 2 x topshells and about 8 nerites have dealt with 15% - 20% of the algae coverage in 48 hours.

    I see they will have to be considered as being on short term contract. The best performers will be given permanent posts!

    Seriously though, the tank is 1.1m x 0.6m x .5m, how much algae is considered acceptable when established and how about how many should I think of keeping? I suppose I could experiment until I get the right balance.
     
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    Some people recommend 1 to every 25L. I prefer to remove the Phosphate's

    In the beginning a tank will cycle through a few different stages and a few types of algae just keep the phosphates to a minimum and all will subside
     
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    Every tank is different, but if i were you i would stick with the Turbo's, should be a fairly decent crew.
     
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    I found the turbo's to be the weakest snail. That is the smooth greenish type. They die very easily.

    The other Turbo coronatus with a lot more rugged shell is a lot more hardier. But they can become quite big. But they are grazers like lawnmovers.

    Personally I prefer Nerita's. Much smaller but also a good grazer. In my 240L I must have 50+. I clean my front glass once in 3 weeks.

    What does a topshell look like?

    Yes another around Durban local snail, the Muricidae, stay away. They do attach bi-valve and mussels type of shells. Check Muricidae Snail - Warning - Invertebrates for a picture
     
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    I'm quite patient and realise the tank will take a while. It helps to have an interest in gardening - same long term view I think.

    I think the top shell is Trochus nigropunctatus - black spotted topshell. The Turbos are the Cornatus. I'm amazed how quickly they appear when the lights go out, but I should have remembered back to collecting Arlikreukels at night.
     
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    Just remember to cut back on your cleaning crew once the job is done. Too many snails equates to too little food available especially in a clean system
     
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