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Old 01-24-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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I have a aqua one 275 litre saltwater tank. I've had the tank cycling now for one week. It's a new set up. I bought the water pre mixed from the fish store. I also bought all the live rock from there aswell. I noticed on Monday that the gravel was a bit stained. Now when I woke up this morning it was really brown on the rocks and sand!!! I have checked the salinity, kh, ph, ammo, no3 and no4. All of these are within range! Help!! What is this? Brown algae? What's the cure?
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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Mine had that too at the begining. I cut down the feeding and lowered the time the light is on and it slowly went away on its own.
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Those are diatoms and happen with almost every new tank. They are a pain but they go away with time. I would blow them off the rocks with a turkey baster before water changes to suck some out. It's really part of the process of setting up a tank. They don't need light so cutting the light down won't help. Just keep sucking them off the sand and rocks and at some point you'll win the battle. I remember my bloom lasted over a month, its normal...
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:17 AM   #4
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Yep, diatoms, perfectly normal to get with any new tank. they will burn themselves out shortly so don't worry too much.
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Thank you so much for all your responses peeps. Hopefully it clears quick sharp! Is it okay to add fish while this is in the tank?
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If you are cycled then I don't see why not. just limit your feedings so you dont contribute to other algae growing.

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Ya ita not dangerous just ugly
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What's the best way to get it off the sand? I haven't attempted yet. Or will it just disappear? )) gravel sucker?
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Ya use a gavel sucker when doing water changes.
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I dont use a gravel vac in my saltwater tanks, it's best to leave the sandbed alone entirely. The diatoms will just burn themselves out and disappear.

if you find you have stuff piling up on the sand or in anyplace in your tank then you just need better circulation. There should be no dead spots for anything to accumulate.
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