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Old 01-30-2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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Algae blooms

I'm sure this is a frequently asked subject. But I want to see some opinions. My tank is 3 months in. All levels are good. Tank seems cycled. But a week after I started the tank brown algae formed.. Now today I'm still dealing with a great deal of brown algae. But for 2 months now I've had green algea. Every day my glass is 100% covered in green. And sand bed 100% covered in brown.. With 50 lbs of live rock covered. Snails are going ti tiwn on the rock . But cant keep up. Led lights only run for 8 hours. Actinics for 10 hours.. I have a 150g with 2 serpents. 9 crabs and 15 trochus snails.. Just added 2 chromisis .. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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Brown algae is diatoms. Everyone get's them in new setups.
Here is a good article-
Hot Tips: Algae Control — Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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Brown are diatoms and natural for new tanks. They should start dying off soon as they consume the silicates from you sand and rock. The green seems as though your parameters might be off. Are you testing nitrate and phosphate? What kind of filtration are you running? Water parameters and a picture of you tank would help us help you figure out whats going on...
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I know it's a common thing. But people tell me 2-3 weeks and there gone.. It's been 3 months of it.. Lol
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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All tests are clear. 0 phos. And 0 trates and trites. I forgot to mention. I am using primed tap water. But several guys in this area are doing the same. 40g tote in my basement . Primed heated and agitated for 3 or more days.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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Filtration has sand in fuge. Just no light skimmer or live rock yet.. I do have 2 corals in the tang with some macro algae. Corals look more than happy. And macro is growing 3-5 inches per day
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:17 AM   #7
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Oh. And picture of tank is after I cleaned it.. But all comes right back the next day. Lol
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Go to RO water. I was advised by my LFS to do prime and i got the brown algae. I did a couple changes with RO and its finally going away after 3 or 4 weeks. All the stuff in the tap is feeding it. RO will help for sure!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #9
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+1 on the light brown stuff being diatoms. It will eventually disappear. Might take a bit longer than some estimates.
As for the algae, if you nitrates are 0 it's because the algae is consuming them all. You have a sump, put a cheato ball in there and a cheap CFL light from home depot and let the cheato (macro algae) consume the nitrates instead.
If you don't have any corals yet, seriously reduce your lights (or even leave them off a few days) to stop the tank from growing algae. Leave the sump lights on for 24/7.
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I have 2 corals in there. I turned the lights down to 4 hours a day for two weeks. Slowed algae down. But the next day I put them back to 8 hours. It took over my tank again.. I do have some macro in main tank. Haven't gotten a light for sump yet.. Also I have noticed at 6 a.m when I go to work.. Most brown algea is gone.. Snails are doin work!! But by 4 it's back to complete covered again
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