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Old 07-17-2014, 09:44 PM   #1
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Brown algae issue

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Old 07-17-2014, 10:07 PM   #2
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All algae is basically a result of excess nutrients (nitrates+phosphates). To get rid of it, you need to fix the nutrient problem. When you test for nitrates and phosphates and algae is present, they may read 0 because the algae binds them. However, by lowering them, you'll starve the algae and get rid of it. You can manually remove it as well while you're decreasing the nitrates and phosphates. What's in the tank? Tank size? Filtration?


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How long has the tank been set up? It looks like it is diatoms, which feed off of silicates. This is a common part of the early stages of a setup. They will die off once the silicates are all consumed from the sandbed.
It is also possible that it could be dinos, but hard to tell from such a long shot away.
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25 gallon tank. 1 black clown fish. 1 dotty back. 2 emerald crabs. 2 peppermint shrimp. 9 kenya tree coral. Live rock. (obviously). 1 Hydor powerhead. 1 aquaclear 50 hob filter w/ seachem seagel phosphate remover, activated carbon, and filter floss. 1 bio cube air driven protein skimmer. 48 watt T5 set up.

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Tank has been up and running for about a month now, but I only just recently added the skimmer. My tap water is also very hard. I've long suspected that to be a culprit.

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White things are un eaten food pellets. Just fed them.

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Doesn't look like diatoms. I'd say either a brown cyano or dinos. Tap water is asking for parameter issues in saltwater. You want as close to 0 TDS as possible, which is why we say RO/DI is your best bet to be successful.
Having food sitting and rotting in the sandbed like that is also building up the issue at hand. Remove all uneaten food and feed sparingly. Nutrients in means you have to take nutrients out, even if they consume it.
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25 gallon tank. 1 black clown fish. 1 dotty back. 2 emerald crabs. 2 peppermint shrimp. 9 kenya tree coral. Live rock. (obviously). 1 Hydor powerhead. 1 aquaclear 50 hob filter w/ seachem seagel phosphate remover, activated carbon, and filter floss. 1 bio cube air driven protein skimmer. 48 watt T5 set up.

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That's also a big bio load for a 1 month old nano. Slow down a little and take Hanks advice and you should be fine.
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Can I purchase Pre packaged Rodi water?

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Maybe. It depends on your area. There are some LFS or even grocery stores that have ro/di machines that will dispense the water for you. Only draw back is that you don't know when the last time they changed their filters, so you need to keep up with checking the TDS.
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