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Old 07-07-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Seachem products / brown algae.

I'll keep it short. I'm running an aquaclear 50 hob with a filter sponge, seachem sea gel, and seachem purigen. No skimmer. Will this be enough on my 25 gallon tank? I'm having a brown algae bloom on my sand bed that won't go away. I've reduced lighting, feeding, and added the sea gel to get rid of the silicates and phosphates that it uses to grow. Help!

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Old 07-07-2014, 10:25 PM   #2
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Could you post a picture?
How old is your tank?
Are you using ro / di water?
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No Rodi water. Using de-clorinated tap (probably misspelled that). It's about a month old. Straight upgrade from a ten gallon.

Livestock:
-2 convict damsels (never will get these again- they are mean)
-2 emerald crabs
-2 peppermint shrimp (had an aiptasia outbreak- they took care of it)
-9 Kenya trees (fed with zoo plankton
-1 hitchhiker polyp coral (I think; it's green and bulbous)
-assorted hermit crabs and bristle worms that were hitchhikers.

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Old 07-08-2014, 12:50 AM   #4
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It's most likely that its just one of the growing pains that a tank goes through. You will have cycles of algae in your tank, the first one is diatoms and it will continue on to a few different types as time goes on.

If the diatoms don't go away in a few more months then I would look at your tap water as a possible cause.
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Alright. So *hopefully* it will decrease with age? Not sure if the brown stuff is diatoms or not. I'm not an expert in that area :p

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Old 07-08-2014, 12:59 AM   #6
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It is a NO NO to ever use tap water (even dechlorinated) in salt water tank specially if you plan to have corals. For fish only you can buy RO water from grocery store vending machine at 25 cents per gallon.
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It is a NO NO to ever use tap water (even dechlorinated) in salt water tank specially if you plan to have corals. For fish only you can buy RO water from grocery store vending machine at 25 cents per gallon.
Most of the time you would be correct. However it really depends on your source water. Personally, I've had my mixed reef tank running on tap water for over a year with everything from zoas to acropora. All that without a single algae bloom other than the original diatoms. However, my quality tap water is a rarity. Most often there is a large algae bloom resulting from the use of tap water.
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What about if I have coral? Cause you said ro for fish only...

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Stop the zooplankton. It's unnecessary. Kenya trees do not need supplemental food. Lighting and fish poop is plenty for them. I would also suspect the tap water to be part of the problem. As stated, diatoms are just a stage the tank must go through, but they will linger if there's plenty of available food.
On another note, I would add a lot more rock.
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