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Old 09-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Ive been putting in pellets to start the cycle

The tank has been set up for about a week or two now. Ive been putting in pellets to start the cycle but haven't had a spike but I do have brown algae growing on my live rock. Any advice?
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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Pellets?
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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Sinking fish food pellets
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Do you have nitrates??? You could've missed it. Was the rock established?
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Im not sure in using test strips and I know they aren't accurate and no the live rock wasn't established but I did add two pieces of live rock I got from lfs I had sitting in a qt for a week or so. But I don't know why I have brown algae. Maybe my marineland db is too bright? That's the only place the algae is growing in patches where the light penetrates.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #6
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Add a frozen shrimp from da grocer. They break down quickly into amm and feed da cycle
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I added two thawed shrimp they are sitting my finnex hob refugium. How long should they stay in there?
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If you put them in your fish net and put that in the main tank , you will be able to easily remove them later. I leave mine in until the cycle is pretty much done. I think some others pull them out earlier.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:14 PM   #9
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Tank cycling for two weeks now have brown algae growing and little white bugs(copepods?) on the glass all over. Is the cycle done or close to being done?
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