I placed 40 lbs of live rock in my tank on thursday. everything seems ok. but there are quite a bit of little white flakes and white dots which have developed on my rock. (see attached photo.) I will blow off the white flakes often with my PH
but the dots remain. My thinking is:
a. It is sand from the sandstorm that I created while burying my rocks in the sand. its stuck in the coralline algea and eventually the algea will grow over it.
b. It is normal die off and will soon stop and the coralline algae will grow back over it.
should I be concerned? should I dose with calcium to encourage growth, or is that to early?
Hardware: 37 gallon SW
tank and stand by Oceanic Systems, Magnum 350 Pro Canister Filter (half carbon), CPR Bak Pak 2R skimmer, Maxijet 1200 Powerhead, RenaCal 150 W heater, Compact fluorescent lights with moonlights. 40 lbs of liverock, 3" sand bed.
Software:2 Tank-Raised Ocellaris Clowns, 1 Purple Firefish, 1 Electric Orange hermit crab, 18 Blue Legged hermit crabs, 8 or so Nassarius snails, Xenia, Blue, green, and Green Striped Mushrooms.
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