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Old 07-24-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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New tank algea

New tank has brown dust like algea on everything all perimeters are good what could be the cause
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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That's incredibly common in new tanks. It should set dying out and being replaced by "higher" algaes in a week or so.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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I believe these are diatoms have a read on them not beneficial at all but good sign in a new tank that the chemical reactions are happening, I would dusts them off and siphon out as they can get out of control
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Ok good I set this tank up with water and live rock from my other tank this one is only ten gallons so I never had a cycle I was afraid this was something to do with that
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:52 PM   #5
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I would watch your phosphates as these feed on it
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I checked them they are at .25 which is what my larger tank seems to stay at too
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Remember if they are feeding on them you will get a false reading
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Ya what's the best way to get rid of them
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:37 PM   #9
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I had the same at the start of my tank all I did was add phosphate remover to filter, dust/scrape diatoms off let the water settle and siphon gravel about a weeks worth of battling and never had it since, also you can get diatom filters but I think thats if you can't control it. Let me know how you get on.
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Thanks for the help I will update with progress
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