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Old 05-25-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Sand turning brown

We started a salt water tank 2 months ago it's a 75 gal tank. Our live sand has turned mostly brown. We called the store they said it is normal for a newly started tank and it will go away. Is this normal and if so how long will it last. Is there anything we should be doing. Our levels have been normal. I heard that I should not vacuum the hold tank at one time is that true?
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Old 05-25-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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Nothing to worry about, completely normal for a new tank. Just keep water quality up and it will eventually go away.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:58 PM   #3
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Just diatoms. They will go away when the silicates are consumed from your tank.
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are you using ro/di water?
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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The water I use it tap water with prime to treat the water.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #6
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Theres your problem, you need to use RO/DI water Prime does nothing but remove chlorine nothing to remove, nitrates, phosphates, silicates, tds, all the stuff that algae and cyano thrive on. Invest in a RO/DI unit.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:32 AM   #7
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Wow is RO/DI a additive I can buy like prime. As you can tell I am 100% newbie with this.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:42 AM   #8
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Ooo it's a water treatment system. Ok so I would just hook that up to my house and use the water that comes out of the RO/DI system for my tank. Can I run warm water there that too so my salt will dissolve.
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i use a 20g brute trash can, fill it with ro/di bout 72 degrees, add salt, powerhead and let it sit 24 hours to mix salt
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:03 AM   #10
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Is there any kind of RO/DI system I should get. Also I take it you have warm water running through your RO/DI system so you can get to the 72 temp.
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