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Old 08-20-2014, 09:09 PM   #11
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What is this? Are they diatoms? Does that mean that my tank is cycled?
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The hard algae, mostly the purple/pink, is coraline algae. It is a good algae, but some don't like it since it is hard to scrape off as it is calcium based.
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I know the purple stuff is coralline algae, I was asking about the brown algae on top but thanks anyway
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looks like diatoms to me. cycling tanks and newer tanks tend to get them.

As far as a cycling standpoint, you probably are cycled but its not a very strong one. I would do the shrimp method to build up a bigger beneficial bacteria base.
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What do you mean it's not a very strong one? Like if I add fish I'll get an ammonia spike?
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Yep. you most likely have a small beneficial bacteria base, so a tiny bit of a bioload will be all it can take. But as you add things, slowly, the base will grow and eventually you will have a strong colony of beneficial bacteria.
I would add your inverts first, couple at a time...if you add too many or feed too much you will get an ammonia spike. I have started tanks with nothing more than live rock and added fish every few weeks and never saw any spikes. But also keep in mind that is in a larger tank so a smaller tank like yours will show a larger effect with a smaller amount of "waste". Thats why they say a bigger tank is better, spikes take longer to happen cause of the volume of water.
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Ah ok. The only inverts I'm getting are hermits and a cleaner shrimp but the shrimp is pretty sensitive right? I'll get a couple of hermits this weekend probably
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Shrimp are a little finicky, be sure to acclimate him well. They dont like ph swings or nitrates.
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I'll wait to add the shrimp. My ph has stayed at 8 since I set the tank up and my nitrates are about 10. How long does it take to drip acclimate them?
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