Thanks to everyone for responding. I have some answers for you.
The tank is about 5 weeks old total.
I finished my cycling with 45 lbs of LR
about 3 weeks ago.
I am using a Phosphate Magnet that says it can be left in the aquarium and remain active for 6 months.
I do not use Carbon, but would like to. What are the advantages???
The food may very well indeed be the problem. I have been feeding with freeze dried brine shrimp, and the PH
moves it around all over faster than I can remove the un-eaten portions. As a result, I have been over-feeding quite a bit. I have a feeding ring now, and turn the PH
off when feeding to help control this. I will test the food disolved in tank water for Phosphates - I'll bet that was it!
I have not tested my tank for silicates. Quite frankly, it takes me about 2 hours to test everything I am testing now and do not wish another test. The SeaChem Stronium test is going to be my undoing - I just know it.
WONDERFUL to hear that the "brown" is actually the skeletons of the diatoms! Glad that they are dead. Should I remove them from the tank, or just will they go away over time?? (Thanks RL
Amonia = 0; Nitrites = 0; Nitrates = 0; Calcium = 425; pH = 8.3; SG
= 1.023; Iodine = 0.6; KH
= 150ppm; Coper = 0; Phosphates = ~1.2; Stronium = 50.
I hope the high phosphates don't kill anything.
Thanks again to everyone for their input and let me know what y'all think about the above.
Now, I'm gonna add a new post about feeding!