After lurking about for a few weeks I decided I might as well jump in and get an account!
Thanks to all of you who provide advice and articles, all have been a big help.
I currently have a 29 gallon setup for a first time salt water tank. Have a penguin biowheel (i know, not the best) and a power head and just a plain florescent bulb on it while the quad power compact is on order. No heater at the moment, live in Florida with a nice 75-80 ambient house temp.
At the moment I have about 26lbs of live rock that was cured at my LFS
but still has a fair amount of white dead coraline algea which I have debated about scrubbing off. I went to it with at toothbrush but I guess I really needed a wire brush. Good/Bad idea?
The tank has been cycling about 2 and a half weeks now.. went for a week with LR
then put in three damsels which have been doing fine with about 4 hermit crabs (before I read about the shrimp method, I know this is a bit unpopular)
My readings at the moment with a liquid test kit:
Nitrites and Nitrates seem at pretty much 0
Ammonia is at about .4
Im a bit confused however, I thought algea only grew off of excessive nitrates in the system and I have a "healthy" amount of orange/brown algea that has started growing on the front glass and over spots on my gravel and LR
I'm open to any helpful suggestions and should I be worried about this algea or will it go, and I suppose I still have another week to let the ammonia balance out? I am thinking about doing a water change today for the damsels sake.
Thanks for reading over a long post!