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Old 04-08-2003, 05:07 PM   #1
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Brown Algae growth

Is brown algae growth a result of a tank in the cycling process?
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Old 04-08-2003, 06:51 PM   #2
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Could be what is called Diatoms. Is it in patches?
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I have always used brown algae as a gauge when cycling a tank. It should cover everything mid way into the cycle. Then when it dies off you know your cycle is complete.
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No it isn't in patches it is pretty much covering the entire top of the rock.
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I have a 55 gallon set up 2 months. Brown algae covered almost all of my tank until now they have about disappeared. Yours will do the same thing. Limit your photoperiod and feeding if you have fishes.
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brown alge

I am in my 4th week of cycling , I have that brown alge all over my sand , Im guessing this is a good thing ? I couldnt stand it though I stirred it around a little so it wouldent look so bad is this alright ?IT was also on the sides of my tank , it scrubbed it off too .
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I couldnt stand it though I stirred it around a little so it wouldent look so bad is this alright ?
How deep is your sandbed? If it is a DSB, stirring will introduce to much oxygen too quickly, this should be avoided. Once you have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites you migh consider adding a fightin conch or two to maintain the sand bed, depending on whst size tank it is.

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That's fine and it is a process you will repeat about once a week or so, snails will help keep it in check.
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Brown alge

My tank is 180 gal. all I have in it at this time is 3 Damsels , Im planing on this weekend getting a cleanup crew.What is fighting conch ?
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My tank is 180 gal. all I have in it at this time is 3 Damsels , Im planing on this weekend getting a cleanup crew.What is fighting conch ?
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