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Old 10-04-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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need info - Algae during cycle

I have started the cycle on my tank 4 days ago with the dead shrimp theory know i am getting green algae built up on the silicone that hols the tank together in all 4 corners is this normal
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I have started the cycle on my tank 4 days ago with the dead shrimp theory know i am getting green algae built up on the silicone that hols the tank together in all 4 corners is this normal
Yes you will more than likely see red ,green, and brown algaes come and go during the cycle
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I have started the cycle on my tank 4 days ago with the dead shrimp theory know i am getting green algae built up on the silicone that hols the tank together in all 4 corners is this normal
Cycle can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks but most commonly about 4 weeks
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:25 AM   #4
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Yep perfectly normal

Its actually a good sign I believe

I think it means that nitrates are high which means you have or had high enough ammonia to ensure a good cycle.
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And cycle length can vary a lot

I started with live rock and live sand so my cycle was pretty short. After 4 days the shrimp in my tank was pretty much gone.

How does your shrimp look after these 4 days??
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The shrimp has like a white looking film all over it and looks pretty nasty
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:07 PM   #7
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K that's good

Have you checked your water parameters??

What size tank do you have??

You need to make sure your ammonia spikes high enough to start the build up of beneficial bacteria.
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I had no algae whatsoever during my cycle. One of the things algae needs is light, and your light should not be on at all during the cycle..... if it's on, shut it off.
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No lights on imp. Had mine set for six weeks
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I checked the ammonia today and it is at 1.0 ppm wondering if i should take the shrimp out and i also have live sand and live rock in there to. It is a 45 gallon tank with can filter.

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