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Old 08-15-2004, 02:30 PM   #1
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Live sand turning brown during cycling, is this right?

I have been cycling my tank for about 2 and a half weeks and i am starting to get brown sand right in front of my live rock.
Is this right during cycling, will it pass.

I know i ran in to it in my old tank but i dont remeber it sticking around.
Please help.

Its not that big of a deal because i still have about another month or so of cycling so plenty of time to find more information.


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Old 08-15-2004, 02:42 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2004, 04:07 PM   #3
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With 100 lbs of LR I doubt you're going to cycle for another month, or is it uncured?
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Diatoms most likely. They will fade, just in time for the green algae's to take over. No worries, all part of the normal maturing process.
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could be because of silica in your water, try using RO or deionized water, that should help it clear up quicker.

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Very normal. Seems to show up at the tail end of the cycle and can hang around for long enough that you think it is a serious problem. Keep regular maintenance going and it will go away eventually.
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Thank you all very much,
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oh yea my live rock is cured also
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