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Old 01-12-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
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new tank finishing cycle Brown Algae

I know that brown algae is typical of the end of a cycle. My new saltwater ank has been set up and running for 3 weeks (about). I have live rock in it and a new piece of coral (dead). I believe I am ending my cycle as my amonia levels have begun to go down. They were at .4ppm and now today they were at .2ppm. My nitrates have remained at 0 and my pH is stable at 8.2. The problem is I have brown algae blooming all over the rock and substrate.(Crushed coral) What should I do? Do I need to wait until my ammonia is 0? Should I see nitrates. I haven't registered any through this whole cycle. I have not tested for nitrites.

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Sounds like everything is on schedule. I bet your nitrites are also elevated. Once your NH3 and NO2 zero out you should do a WC to get your nitrates to a safe level. Once all levels are safe you can add a cleanup crew to take care of the algae. Be sure to supplement their food when algae starts going away if no fish are added.

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It is a 30 gallon tank. What do you suggest for a clean up crew? Also how much water should I change out. Can I add the crew immediately after the water change or do I wait? I am so new at this. This is my first attempt and I want to get it right.
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Nothing like doing it right. After the water change you can add the clean up crew to attack the algea.
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