Good solution to green film algae on sand and rocks?

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by kinetic, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    For those who say conch, what kind are you using? Tiger, queen, fighting...?
  2. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    I have one fighting and one queen, but I don’t think they do a whole lot to clean the sand. I had a couple sea cucumbers that did a much better job.
  3. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

  4. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I'll try a few more fighting conches and nassarius, but I'm guessing they're not going to do a whole lot unless I got A TON more. I don't think a diamond goby is going to have enough space in my 24"x20" footprint tank, unless I start with a really small one (then I'll have to get a larger tank lol). Are there smaller ones that would be a better fit?

    Also, my sand is 2.5mm (Tropic Eden Mesoflakes) so that might be too coarse for the gobies I've read? I saw that it was suggested the sand be 0.5 to 1.7mm.

    So my two options I'm considering:
    1. More conches and nassarius with manual baster blasting of the sand
    2. Diamond goby (or something smaller) + regular addition of copepods (algaebarn subscription?)
  5. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Fighting conches as well here. If you want to try something different in addition to the conch, try a tiger tail cucumber instead. Both of those kept my sand clean for months during my initial tank break in before the coralline came in. Since you're using mesoflakes, you'll eventually end up with quite a bit of coralline covering your sand eventually.

    For reference, here's what the top of my sandbed currently looks like. It's a 50/50 blend of Tropic Eden reef flakes (3mm) and mini flakes (2mm). I no longer employ either the fighting conch (got too big and gave it to my buddy in SoCal; should have kept him for the upgrade) or the cucumber (went to Boun since it was so efficient along with the conch).

  6. JVU

    JVU Supporting Member

    I have a fighting conch and a bunch of burying snails like nassarius. Plus a bunch of other snails, small hermit crabs, an urchin, and an army of mini brittle stars. They are all interesting and do their respective jobs of keeping things under control, but don’t make everything sparkly white. If you added enough to make everything all perfectly clean then they would start starving down to the point where it wasn’t perfectly clean anymore.

    From seeing the photos you’ve been posting, my guess is a CUC will not meet your needs alone. You likely will be manually cleaning also.
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  7. Bruce Spiegelman

    Bruce Spiegelman Supporting Member

    I have two conchs and about a dozen nassarius in my 30X30. I put them in a few weeks go when the "new" tank algae hit hard. My sand was nearly spotless in about a week. Remember, these guys don't eat a lot of it -- all they do is stir i up to keep it in suspension. So if you're not getting any real benefit from them it may because you don't have enough flow in the RIGHT area.
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