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Old 01-08-2007, 11:34 AM   #11
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Ya I'm not a big background fan either. I just use the reg blue background to cover the wires. I hate wires. Do you have the brown algea because you have your lights on?
Pretty sure I read that if you kill the lights while you are cycling you want have as much of an algea problem. And remember when you add your new live rock it will cycle all over again.
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Would cutting the lights also inhibit the growth of good algae (i.e. coralline algae) as well? I plan to definitely cut the light cycle when I put my new rock in today (woo hoo! it's finally here after waiting for a month!) to maybe a couple hours a day.
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Not for just a few days or week. You`ll be OK and you`ll knock out one of the fuels for cyano.
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Ok...I'll cut the lights for a week or so.

Also, how does seaweed affect the tank environment? There was a single leaf that was attached to the rock when I bought it and it fell off. Now the stem has sprouted and there are 2 new leaves growing with more sure to come. Should I keep it in there or extract it?
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Keep in mind critters with an exoskeleton will molt, like shrimp, pods, crabs.
The seaweed, we might need a closer pic to get a general idea. If you can get a close up, post it in the ID section and folks should be able to help you. That looks like it could possibly be some sort of Caulerpa. I would leave it in there, it tends to be beneficial.
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Ok...I'll try to get a closeup pic of it tonight when I get home from work.
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i would really like to see a pic
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Here are a couple pics of the seaweed:





Also, do people supplement with liquid calcium, strontium & molybdenum and iodine? And if so, at which point do you start supplementing? After the cycle? Just wondering if any of this helps coralline algae growth. Thanks!
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I finally got the rest of my LR so here is what the tank looks like now. I've already altered the rockscape a few times since I'm struggling with the appearance. What do people think? Any suggestions?

I wanted to try and keep the back clear so the future inhabitants could swim all the way around. And I wanted to have a tunnel that they can swim through. I think I've pretty much achieved that but I might need some more rock. Also, I'm hoping it'll look better with some more color on the rocks.

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Looking good ! I like the tonga branch rock
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