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Old 01-24-2006, 06:01 PM   #1
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Algea ???

Since I upgraded my lighting there has been some green and brown/rusty stuff gorwing on my base rock. Is this just algea and what should I do just leave it?
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:04 PM   #2
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How old is the tank? How long are the lights on and what kind of lights are they? How are your water parameters? Do you use RO/DI water?
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:12 PM   #3
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Well the tank has been set up 1 month now, water parameters are fine, p.h. is stable and lighting was on for 8 hours (normal). I have only notcied it now that I have upgraded my lighting from 14 watts to 44 watts (florescent tubes).
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There is no nitrite and no ammonia. However I am unsure on my Nitrate but when my lfs tested it they said it was fine. I do not of yet have a test kit for nitrate lol.
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Sounds like diatom bloom. It is a normal process after tank cycles. It will burn itself out. WC's will help. You can also add a cleanup crew to aid in removal. (make sure water parameters are good)
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Ok, what should I add regarding cleanup crew. I allready have a hermit crab and my lfs currently do not have any inverts in so i will have to wait. Will waiting be ok?
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try liveaquaria.com they have a nice cleanup crew package
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I am in uk
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Waiting will be fine. You can also lower your lighting time to help.
hackteck: Good suggestion but he is not in the states.
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heh oh ok stupid me assumed you where in the usa
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