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Do you need a powerhead for this to work? My tank is starting to get alot of snail and fish poop on the bottom. DO I need to get a powerhead or will the bacteria take care of it? Also what is detritus and what can I use to get rid of it???
 
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Got my aunt to print out the price of the powerheads. I can go price match now!!! ;D
 

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I would recommend a powerhead to shift all the poop on the bottom - it could cause problems with the water quality. Ugh!
 
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ohh your right LOL!! I m getting one tomorrow YAY!!!
 
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If you're not running an external water pump on your saltwater tank, I think you definitely need powerheads (multiple) for water movement. You're gonna get stagnant areas of the tank that'll become cyanobacteria heaven (red slime algae).
 
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Excellent - good move!
 

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I would also suggest sand shifting crew.
 

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I am scared of adding sand sifting starfish. They die shortly after.
 

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Well I've had mine for about 4 months now without a problem ??? Maybe that's only if there's not enough food in the substrate?
 
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My chaeto came in with some bristle worms, micro stars, and baby turbo snails. Will I have a huge PH soike at night with my light off? If I do I wil move it into a container at night
 

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Thats good! Cheato will certainly help. I dont know about the PH - should be ok. What's your pH lights on? And have you measured it with lights off yet? How much other vegetation do you have? I shouldn't imagine some cheato would affect it that greatly would it?
 
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I have not measured it out at night but I have 8.1 with lights on. Only vegetation is a red slime algae patch in the tank. Its not big. Its about 2 inches by 1 inch.


What is the grey algae? I have never seen it before and the snails and crabs go right over it.
 
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