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Old 10-07-2004, 09:13 PM   #1
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BROWN ALGAE

I just started a 20 gal. reef tank and the LR i have was not cured and i have had it running for allmost 2 weeks and the LS is coverd with brown algae. My 125gal. gets it a lil'' but i only leave the lights on for about 6hr's a night in that tank. The reef has a timer set for 12hr's a day. Which from what i read is the norm. So is this something that goes away in time or is there somthing wrong? I've had a SW tank (fishonly) for allmost a year but this is the first go at a reef!!
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Old 10-07-2004, 09:16 PM   #2
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Sounds like diatoms. It will go away once the tank matures.
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Old 10-07-2004, 09:19 PM   #3
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The reef doesn't cause the algae (diatom) it is the water and lights... tap water and possibly distilled water have silica compounds in them that feed the diatoms. They will continue to bloom until the silica runs out. In a 20g that shouldn't take all that long but better to use RO/DI water... I have a descent outbreak in my 55 that has been running for 2 months. I just started using RO/DI about a month ago and the algae is beginning to starve out.
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Old 10-07-2004, 09:20 PM   #4
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Also scraping/vaccuming and cutting the lights down a bit will help. If all you have is LR in your tank you don't need 12 hrs a day. Especially if you have good lighting.
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Old 10-07-2004, 09:51 PM   #5
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I have a aquamaxx RO that makes 100gal. a day thats what i use for water changes in the 125gal and thats what i filled the reef with also! I have a 130watt Current USA light dont know if thoes are good or not like i said im new to the reef seen? Why do they call it diatom whats the difference between that and algae?
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:02 PM   #6
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It is just a dif type of organism... not really sure why... Ya if you have a RO/DI system you shouldn't get much of an outbreak. You could always have the filtered water tested. Maybe your filters are shot...
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:10 PM   #7
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I dont think there shot yet its fairly new but you may be on to something. It's not that bad of outbreak its not even on the glass just on the sand and looks like crap. Im going to let my LFS test some ro water thats not a bad idea
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Good luck with it... I am dealing with the same prob.
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Old 10-07-2004, 10:46 PM   #9
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Yeah i may need that luck if reefing is anything like gardening..... No even hint of green thumb here LOL if it's alive and i touch it it dies...not sure whats up with that
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Old 10-08-2004, 10:47 AM   #10
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I had that problem for awhile also, so I cut down on my lights, used RO/DI water for every water change and added Phos-X in my filter for about a month and a half.
slowly but surely the diatoms are almost gone.So try Phos-X, its good for the fish,good for the tank and good for your piece of mind. .



seriously it works! good luck!
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