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Old 09-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Brown algae

Have a 30 gallon. Just finished cycle. I have 30 pounds of base rock and 5 lbs of live rock. Well now there is brown algae everywhere. Is it bad? How do I get rid of it?
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Those are just Diatoms. Most, if not all, newly set up tanks experience this phase. Although ugly to look at, it's best to just let them run their course. Most people believe they are fueled by silicates present in the tank, once they use up all the available fuel, they will simply die off and disappear. Usually around a couple weeks.
Your tank is fine, just another cycle of a newly setup tank. Best of luck with your tank!
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So is it ok to get crabs or snails and a fish?
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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Yup, as long as your all cycled, go for it!
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #5
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My tank has just finished first cycle ad had similar diatoms outbreak. Turbo snail and conch snail made light work of most of it , I've barely had to clean off any of it and no new growth... So far!!
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