Ok, thanks in advance to everyone who responds. Im a longtime researcher of saltwater and this is my 2nd time setting one up as Ive been in college the past few years. Onto my question. I just setup my nano a few weeks ago, 3-4 and my nitrates are a little high. I have 18 lbs of LR
, 25 lbs of normal marine sand, 50/50 Coralife Power compact $90 if that helps, 30 inches and a sponge filter for bio filtration just for cycling purposes. My ammonia is 0, nitrites VERY low, almost untracable, and nitrates around 10 ppm
Ive noticed that there is a brown algae starting to grow on the back of the tank but my sponges and xenia are doing just fine. should i add in a fish so my bacteria dont start dying off? is it my light creating this. ive done one water change so far. help please.
oh yeah, the emperor 400 will also be used, just not included right now. any suggestions on improving my tank. any and all help appreciated