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Old 05-27-2014, 09:59 AM   #1
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Brown algae help

Well I've been battling with brown algae growing in my sand and rock, my water parameters are perfect, only 8 hours of light, and kept feeding to a minimum. So I couldn't figure out why my tank was being taken over and I know others have had the same problem. Luckily I found the perfect clean up crew and in the matter of 1 night I woke up this morning to clean sand. I bought 5 large hermit crabs from my LFS, anyone struggling with the same prob I highly recommend them. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-27-2014, 02:28 PM   #2
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How old is the tank? It is most likely diatoms, which consume silicates from your sandbed. This is a normal 'stage' of new tanks and will eventually burn itself out.
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I had the same issue, great water params and some yucky algae. I got a fighting conch and a couple of nassarius snails to stir the sand, they're all doing great and the sand looks terrific. I'm not showing any nitrates and >.04 phosphates. Good luck!
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Tank is new only around 2months but it was still driving me crazy.
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What is your waterflow rate? Are you using RO/DI water?
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Yes RO/DI only and I forget what rate my power head is rated at off the top of my head. I believe it's just because my tank is fairly new.
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