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Old 03-02-2009, 05:16 PM   #1
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Brown Algae

I just set my saltwater LRFO tank up about 2 weeks ago. I am starting to get the brown algae. How long does it normally last for?
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Brown algae aka diatoms it's normal for a new tank. Has your tank finished its cycle yet? If so, you can start adding up your clean up crews (CUC) such as nassarius, astrea, turbo or margarita snails and some hermit crabs. Once you put CUC in, the brown algae will start to diminish by itself.
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I believe so. The ammonia spiked a couple of days ago. the ammonia is down to about zero now. And now the nitrites is almost undetectable. I have four fish and about 7 hermit crabs in there now. It also looks like i am getting some hair algae too. Is that common this early?
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Here is some good reading for you. It will let you know what your tankmates are going through right now.

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wait! u have 4 fishes already? Are you cycling with fish?
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you really should have read up on fishless cycling before you started up... but anyways i got hair algae before my cycle completed... about the time that my ammonia fell and my nitrites rose..... i really dont know if inverts can stand the jumps in levels like that... someone else might be able to chime in about that.

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I started the cycle before i had fish. i put them in when i put in the cured live rock
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why would you do that?

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i had the salt water by itself for like 2 days then cycled it with live sand for about a week then put in the live rock and 4 fish. is that bad?
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There is almost no ammonia and no nitrites.
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