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Old 10-21-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hello my peeps!! Just wanted to ask a question. I've set up a new 20gal long saltwater aquarium. It's been running exactly a week. I have about 25lbs of live rock and running a canister pump. Have a corallife T5 for lights and 2 hydor 425 fans for flow. My temp is a constant 77 degrees. I already have some brown algae forming. Is that normal?
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Are you using tap water? Or Ro/Di
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I've been reading up on it and from what I've seen it's just diatoms. That it's just cycling
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Hello my peeps!! Just wanted to ask a question. I've set up a new 20gal long saltwater aquarium. It's been running exactly a week. I have about 25lbs of live rock and running a canister pump. Have a corallife T5 for lights and 2 hydor 425 fans for flow. My temp is a constant 77 degrees. I already have some brown algae forming. Is that normal?
its perfectly normal seeing the brown rusty cayno/diatoms that's the silicates dispersing from the sand . every new tank I had I always ran my fingers through the sand like a rake to help shorten that nasty stage.
circulation pumps are a must I see you have 2, I would place one on opposite ends 1 on both back rear side glass in a xriss cross direction aiming both towards rocks and the sand bed just dont aim to low or you will encounter a sand storm , I would suggest another in the center to increase flow through out the tank place it lower on back wall aiming up to give a water ripple on surface , this will also help the air gas exchange

canisters can become nitrate traps if not cleaned often and can become a pain over time . a small sump would give you more water volume and you can keep your skimmer heater ans what ever other equipment so its not a eye sore in the tank

becca asked a good question are you using RO/DI or tap
as tap can add nitrates that feed the brown

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