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Old 04-01-2006, 11:21 PM   #1
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green algae during cycle

My cycle has been going for about 3 weeks now. Yesterday I noticed green algae beginning to grow on the sand and the rocks. Is the green algae normal, because I thought there was supposed to be brown diatoms first, which I haven't noticed? I have 85 lbs of reef bone, and 80 lbs of play sand ( I did the vinegar test with good results). The shrimp has decayed almost completely. The ammonia is around .6 mg/L, I tested about 4 days ago, and used the last of my test kit, so I need to get another test. The nitrate is 10 mg/L and the nitrite is .3 mg/L (both tested last night). Should I add anything into the tank to help with the cycle, or does the shrimp provide the neccessary bacteria? Or should I get a piece of LR to add, because the bacteria is already established on it?
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Old 04-01-2006, 11:38 PM   #2
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Your cycle is going fine.. What type of water are you using? Adding established LR can help speed things along some.. How about a pic...
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It is drinking water from walmart. On the label it says that it is processed by reverse osmosis. As far as a picture, I don't have any just yet, but they will come. I was thinking about getting a piece of LR to give the tank a jump, but if things are going as they should, then I will let nature take its course.
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not sure about the water.. some drinking water is worse then tap water.. I would test the water for nitrates and phosphates.
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