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Old 12-23-2004, 07:47 PM   #1
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Started Cycling now brown stuff has appeared on top of LR

I need some help. Im trying to cycle a 29 G tank with 38 lbs of LR. I have two 900 Maxi-Jet PH, and a RemoraC Skimmer. I put the rock in on sunday and have been just testing the water ever since. Now I come home today and there is some brown stuff civering the LR and live sand. What is going on? I tested the Nirtrite and it is 0. I tested the Nritrate and it is 0. Can someone lead me in the right direction. Should this be happening. Help

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Old 12-23-2004, 08:03 PM   #2
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Most algae will depend primarily on phosphate levels. My cycle started showing brown after about a week. Hermit crabs will keep it from getting out of hand. They wont get it off the glass but will help with the substrate and rock. I use a magnet cleaner for the glass until I can safely add some snails to the mix. It is natural and will go away as your tank matures

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Old 12-23-2004, 11:18 PM   #3
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yea the brown stuff is diatoms and is totally normal, dont even sweat it, it will go away within a week or so. its all part of the process...
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