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Old 12-14-2004, 01:48 AM   #1
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algae growth

how long does it take to start growing algae?
my tank has been cycled for 2 weeks and not even any diatoms.
my tank is 90 gal
actnics on for 16 hrs
10k on for 12
amm 0
nitrite .15
nitrate .15
sg 1.022
temp 80
filter my water with the tap water filter (super activated carbon/di)
and using io salt
4 blue green chromis
feed 2 times a day
no food makes it to the bottom
no lr
1 mj 1000
1 cascade 300 hob filter

any help would be nice
thanks
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Old 12-14-2004, 02:57 AM   #2
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no diatom algae huh? I got some within a week of cycling my tank. I was cycling with lr and ro/di water with oceanic salt and I got some on day 8 of cycling. For me, it didn't seem like much of an outbreak; more like a mild headcold. I have heard of instances where no diatom algae or ammonia/nitrite spikes, but that was with lr with very little dieoff and all ls. It's only been two weeks. I'd give it a week or so to show up, or maybe you'll get lucky and have none at all.
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i hope so but i want the green and coraline to grow
green for my dory fish
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Mine started on week 3 after leaving the lights on a 11hour cycle. Mild bloom, then added cleanup crew, then outbreak under control.

Lighting has a lot to do with the amount of algae.

weeks 1-2, 4-5 hours lighting - no algae/diatoms.

week 3, 4, 5 - 11 hours lighting - horay algae!

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Old 12-15-2004, 03:37 PM   #5
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I would say that your tank isn't completely cycled yet though. If you still have detectable nirtrites, you are still cycling. I saw my diatom bloom about a week after my nitrites fell to zero.

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Old 12-16-2004, 01:10 PM   #6
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soryy guys now i got diatoms
will blue legg hermits help clean em up?
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