Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada
Just about had it!
Hello everyone! I had a tragedy occur to my tank and need some of your expert advice.
A few months ago I had a thriving planted 75 gal that I was proud of and that pretty much ran itself with only a little help on my part. My problems began when I noticed my corkscrew vals losing their leaves. I figured that it had to do with a lack of nutrients in the substrate (I have only gravel). Around the same time I noticed that my nitrate levels had fallen, and began trying to raise them. This is where it got bad! Some sort of string algae began taking over my gravel and bba began showing up everywhere.
Presently, everything in the tank is dead, dieing, or covered in algae and I'm ready to tear it down and start over because it makes my other tanks look really bad!
My question is that if I want to re-use my driftwood pieces in the new setup, what steps should I take to rid them of the algae. Also, can the same steps be taken to clean the gravel? I'm at a point with this where I'm very close to making this tank saltwater like the rest of mine, but I like to have something other than sand and rock and corals to look at, so any advice on how to make this re-do work with positive results would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone!
75 gal - 2 Magnum 350's, Turbo Twist 3x UV Sterilizer, 260w Aqualight, 250w Ebo Jager, Pressurized Co2: JBJ regulator/bubble counter, aluminum 5# cylinder, DIY External Reactor.
10 gal Reef - AC Mini w/Chemi-pure & Phosguard, AC 201 PH, 96w Aqualight Power Quad, ~7# live rock, ~5# Aragonite sand, Frogspawn, Mushrooms, Hammer, Brain, Osc. Clown & 6-line Wrasse.
20H FO Saltwater - AC 200 w/Chemi-pure, 24" Dual Shop light w/ Coralife 50/50 bulbs, 15# Aragonite sand, ~11# lava rock.