dirty tank help me decide how to clean

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  1. Kman237

    Kman237 Astrea Snail

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    Hello, I bought a used red sea max 250 with live rock corals and sand. I got everything moved and set up last night. The tank looks like it hasn't been maintained for a while. The rock has some weird algae I'm not sure what it is but I thought I could take a took brush and scrub it lightly. Any idvice on how to clean up a beautiful neglected tank? I'll post some pics so you can help me identify what's happened.
     
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    Kman237 Astrea Snail

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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I would start with blowing off the rocks daily and then cleaning the mechanical filtration. I am not seeing any nasties in the images. Have you gotten or did it come with a CUC? If not I would start there and start small.
    Congrats on the new tank. ;)
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    If that is a blue sponge, then you scored. It's photosynthetic, I can not remember the name, but a good grower under the right conditions and beautiful.
     
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    I agree with Corailline. A clean up crew goes a long way with keeping the rock clean but if you add too many they starve, die, decompose, and add to the problem.
     
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    Awesome! I got a few hermits with it and one or two snails. Probably not enough. I will go to the LFS tomorrow and get a bit more CUC. Then start blowing off the rocks. Thank you both very much for the advise I'm excited!!!!

    Corailline, I'm not sure If its blue sponge didn't think to ask the owner.
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I will find the name.

    The scape looks good. Try about 4 snails, Certh or smaller Turbos.
     
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