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Old 04-20-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hey guys i am new to the Forums. I have a 75 gallon saltwater tank, seclone 100 protein skimmer, 2 powerheads, wet/dry filter, coralife lights: 2x10K 2xActinic and 4 Moon LED's. 50lbs live sand, 100lbs live rock, 3 damsels, 1 bluebanded goby, 3 sally lightfoot crabs and 1 pumping xenia. the tank has been running for 2 months, and i leave the lights on for about 12 hours a day. since adding the lights about a week ago, i started getting brown algae that looks like a Diatom Bloom. If this is so, how do i get rid of it? It is kinda powdery.
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Old 04-20-2007, 03:18 PM   #2
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What are your water parameters?
Can you get a pic?
How much/what/how often are you feeding?
How old are your lights?
I would start by doing a PWC, going to 8 hours of light.
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Old 04-20-2007, 03:22 PM   #3
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Nitrates and Nitrites = 0
PH 8.1-8.3
Ammonia= 0
AK = 16 i think. its really hard to read that thing.
Salt = 1.024
Calcium = 420 ppm
I think thats all i can remember right now. The lights are a week old. I cant send any pics right now. i am at work. i will try a water change tonight.
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Your just going to get blooms special with a new tank. i know it sucks. do you have a cleaning crew? no? then see about getting one.
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Old 04-20-2007, 03:29 PM   #5
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i got 3 crabs yesterday. what do you recommend for a cleaning crew?
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Yeah, I thought I read it was running for 2 years and not 2 months, sorry was distracted by my filter hose incident.
I agree, it is probably a diatom bloom that is typical in a freshly cycled tank.
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your LFS will usually have a packs for you to buy or they can recommend based on what they have. I dont know any, but there are places online to get a good deal on them too if your lfs leaves you desiring more, better or cheaper deals.
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My tank was so beautiful until about 3 days ago. i will check with my LFS for the cleaning crew.
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I like nassarius and cerith snails. Start with a low number to keep them from starving. Turbos are great cleaners too.
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What kind of crabs did you get? If hermit you're going to need at least 10-20 more for a 75 gal tank.

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