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Old 05-08-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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BROWN - I come home to BROWN

I have noticed my tank getting darker last week and today I come home and it is dark Brown.... all my rocks and some of my sand, including my pumps and glass... it is every where....

wtf?????


water tested fine, no changes
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This is the notorius diatom bloom you where told about. Do you have a clean up crew? Refresh my memory...You using RO/DI water?
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I used tap water let it sit and used chemicals
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Test your tap water. I`m almost positive this is the cause.
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The brown algae is caused from excess nutrients from your cycle just finishing up. As Brenden said this is very common with new tanks and a clean up crew will make quick work of it on the lr and sand. I would clean the glass off by hand though.

Getting an ro/di would help eliminate no3/po4 which are main sources of algae along with lighting. A skimmer is always a good idea to reduce DOC within the water as well.
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