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Old 08-06-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Diatoms? Algae? Cyanobacteria? Idk.

I've noticed that towards the front of my tank, my sand is turning a brownish color. My tank is 6 months old now so I don't think It could be diatoms unless they could reoccur? It doesn't look like cyano nor algae. I took a picture of it. The iPod quality makes it look like darker brownish color but in person it's light brown. The rest of my sand bed is white so don't know why it's just this spot and what it might be.


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Old 08-06-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Looks like diatoms..have you added anything recently or changed feeding schedule
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:39 PM   #3
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Looks like diatoms to me as well.

And change of sand? If Silica remains buried in the sand bed diatoms can reappear if the sand was disturbed.

Still not very uncommon for 6 months.
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Yeah it looked like diatoms to me also. My feeding schedule is the same. Haven't changed anything.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:45 PM   #5
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Then I'd say its just the last of built up nutrients in your sandbed being consumed. My tank is about 8-9 months old and just seen a small diatom outbreak which I kinda blame on myself cause I disturbed the sandbed and added a new arch way of lace rock. Just make sure you stay on top of you maintenance and it'll be gone in no time
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #6
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Yeah, hopefully it's just not early cyanobacteria.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #7
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Early cyano buildup is easy to detect. You would see clumping in the sand, it would be like the sand is starting to rise around the algae location. Followed by a red tint as we all know and hate.

I agree with the diatom as well. Silicate is funny like that.
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Early cyano buildup is easy to detect. You would see clumping in the sand, it would be like the sand is starting to rise around the algae location. Followed by a red tint as we all know and hate.

I agree with the diatom as well. Silicate is funny like that.
I could see little clumps on top of the sand but it's all brown looking.
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IMO, I would wait to see if it turns pink. Otherwise, based one the pic, it looks like diatom. Just keep pristine water quality, and I am sure it will clear up.
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IMO, I would wait to see if it turns pink. Otherwise, based one the pic, it looks like diatom. Just keep pristine water quality, and I am sure it will clear up.
Thanks for the advice! And I'll make sure to keep up the water changes
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