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Old 07-05-2013, 11:20 PM   #1
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Brown Algae ??

I need help!! I'm pretty new to the saltwater world but I have a 6gal fluval edge tank.. With what I think is brown algae? I'm a bit of a perfectionist so it's killing me.. My tank is 5 weeks old ..All my tests are great, Sg is 1.023 .. My 2 clowns seem happy as can be, I have about 10 hermit crabs, skunk cleaner shrimp, and a snail.. How can I get rid of this!!?
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It's diatom algae. It is 100% completely normal in almost all new fish tanks and will wear itself out over time.

If you want to try limiting it's growth I would start by reducing your light cycle to 6ish hours a day.
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It's diatom algae. It is 100% completely normal in almost all new fish tanks and will wear itself out over time.

If you want to try limiting it's growth I would start by reducing your light cycle to 6ish hours a day.
Okay awesome!! Thank you so much! I will def try the lower lighting hours! And this change in the light time won't effect my 2 clowns?? I don't have any coral yet either..
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Fish don't really need a light except maybe for feeding. The lights are more for us than anything.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:39 AM   #5
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Take a look at your feeding schedule. An increase in silicates can also yield diatomic algae. There is a product called a VORTEX D-1 diatom scrubber. It removes diatoms and an additional resin removes phosphates as well.
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I need help!! I'm pretty new to the saltwater world but I have a 6gal fluval edge tank.. With what I think is brown algae? I'm a bit of a perfectionist so it's killing me.. My tank is 5 weeks old ..All my tests are great, Sg is 1.023 .. My 2 clowns seem happy as can be, I have about 10 hermit crabs, skunk cleaner shrimp, and a snail.. How can I get rid of this!!?
These guys hit it right on the head. less light and less food for now.
I gake it the tank is very new? Few weeks or months old? Did u stary witb rodi water or tap?
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Also, if you don't like it, you can scrub it off the walls with a mag cleaner, and off your rock with a soft (new and clean) toothbrush. Make sure you've got a filter running when you clean it off the rocks, it will cloud your water up. When I did it to mine, I put a 50 micron pad in the filter box to clean it up, and within 30 minutes, the water was crystal clear again.

I cleaned mine off about a week and a half ago and it has not made a repeat appearance (relatively new tank..2 months old).
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Alright I've lowered my lighting hours and feed schedule and I can already notice a difference! And yes you are right it's a new tank, i used distilled water .. What is ro/di ?? im coming up on 6 wks, and my first step into salt water, which explains why i freaked a little when I seen it .. But thanks to your help I have this:


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