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Old 08-13-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Brown algae

My tank has been up and running for one week and has started developing brown algae on the sand and rock. What should I do?
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
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Hi. Thats a normal part of a new tank, it's diatoms and will burn themselves out. While you are cycling you don't need to keep any lights on if you are.
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It has turned the rocks brown also. Should I get a cleaner shrimp? Also, when should I start incorporating corals
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I'd hold off on the shrimp. Is this to be a reef tank, or a fish tank? Wait until the tank is fully cycled using the basics on this forum, the diatoms will go away as Carey mentioned, then try a test fish or easy to care for coral frag. Do not rush it. It takes awhile for the tank to settle in fully.
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It will have a couple of fish and some corals
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Yes, the diatoms are nasty and make your tank looks disgusting. But soon they will just up and disappear.
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