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Old 04-03-2010, 10:56 PM   #81
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does coralline algae really start green?
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:58 PM   #82
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #83
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There is some green algea in a few places, but overall, it looks like the green is fading with the diatoms.

Coraline is pink/purple and is spreading throughout the tank as well.

The tuxedo urchin that we got is helping to clean up the green algae as well.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:43 AM   #84
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That's looking great Jake. Very nice Toadstool.
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Ok, I have been having diatoms for some time now. THey are really starting to urke me.

I understand that it is typical in a new tank, and I did add 200 pounds of argonite, but I am starting to doubt that its diatoms.

Its definately brown in color, and is mainly on the sand but sometimes on the glass behind the rock where the snails can't get. Comes off the glass fairly easily. Sometimes, it looks like its sheeting a bit, and many times has bubbles trapped in it. Kind of like hanging on to a filament on the top.

I have seen cyno before, and I am almost certain this isn't it. It never gets very thick, and doesn't actually coat things like cyno does. Plus, its pure brown.

It also comes back extremely fast. I have done some work on the tank, and moved some sand around and things, and its within hours that I can start seeing it again.

Am I just being impatient?
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:51 PM   #86
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It's probably diatoms and it just takes time for them to burn out in a new tank.
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Keeping nutrients like nitrates and phosphates down helps.
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Haven't had much change in the tank for awhile, trying to save up some money after the whole expense of getting this tank set up.

But I wanted to post a quick picture.



She is guarding what she thinks are her farm animals for later consumption!



Notice the diatoms. Urgh. Go away! Anyway... will keep you all posted if anything changes.
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I love cubes. That huge cube is so awesome. I definitely like the cat picture. That's so awesome! My cat would never do something like that.. she's a bum.
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