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Old 12-04-2003, 06:57 PM   #1
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Uhhhhhh just got home from work and my LR is a mess.....

Hello all, Could someone please explain to me real quick what exactly a brown algae bloom looks like cause I think I might be having one already.. My rock is all turning brown... I am a little confused cause the sand and the glass are fine.. Also confused I have almost no ammonia.. does it dip as well as spike.. 2 days ago mine was 5 now it says none.. But that can't be right can it? It's been like 3 days..

If one of you guys could let me know that would be great..

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Old 12-04-2003, 07:05 PM   #2
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well did you just get the LR, often when you get base rock and tryign to turn it into LR it goes from white to brown (the algae is forming on it), and then eventually it'll turn pink or purple.. depending on the chemistry of your water. But if you already have cured live rock and all then I am not sure what it is...
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Old 12-04-2003, 07:20 PM   #3
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This is a new setup right?

Its more than likly an algae bloom from the cycle process. Can you describe the algae. Is it like sheets covering the rock or is it more firmly attached to the rocks?
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Old 12-04-2003, 07:55 PM   #4
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Yes this is a new set up.. Well hmmm It really just looks more like brown and fuzzy and I would say It seems from looking pretty well attached.

Here I should also admit that I didn't follow your advice to a T. Just coming clean to help you guys diagnose.. I had my 48" coralife aqualight running for a few hours last night.. both blues and whites. Had a glass of wine and watched the Penguin game enjoying the washed out greens and reds on the rock.. Sorry.. Couldn't resist.. It will never happen again..

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Old 12-04-2003, 08:11 PM   #5
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HOnestly there should not have been a problem for having the lights on for a few hours. Did you forget to turn them off? Usually when cycling rocks its good to have a reduced photo period but a shorter period is ok in my book.
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Old 12-04-2003, 08:29 PM   #6
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Nope not real long I would say about 4hrs.. hmmmmmmmmm
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Old 12-04-2003, 08:40 PM   #7
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I think i read an earlier post where you left 'em on all night night before last yeah? Sorry to be a snitch!!! Hehehe. It is probably just a little algea. Have you noticed any little critters on your rock yet? -back to subject- Since you were having a little ammonia spike anyway I suggest mixing a small batch of SW in a tub or bucket and remove the rocks rinse and lightly brush each each piece in the bucket and put it back in the tank. This will not only remove the brown stuff. If it's the kind i have in mind and sorta looks like the dust bunny farted in your tank. It will also export the excessive nutrients from your tank. AND NO MORE SLACKIN' WITH THE MAINTENENCE MR.!!! All is well in the little world o' salt.

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Old 12-04-2003, 09:04 PM   #8
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No you did catch me.. I was told by my LFS guy to run um to help the rock come back. Then I was told here not to.. so I didn't for a night.. Then well, what was I to do there was hockey and beer and my dark dark tank... I gave in.. But reefnewb is right the first night I left the blues on all night before you guys told me not to..

and as a little note to reefnewb... I was not slackin on the maitnence I did just do a 50% water change.. I will take any excuse to get in there and play with it.. If you want I will come and do your maitnence ... It is like knowing where my parents kept the christmas presents...and not looking...this is hard... I would love to find another reason to play with it..anyof it..honestly I can't wait to do some maitnence and have something other than dust bunny fart in there..

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LOL, just hackin' at you man. I know the feeling. Just wait until life starts to explode off your rocks. I have a 65" Scenium HDTV that hasn't been on since finding Nemo came out! (Yeah man I really got it for my daughter....riiiiigggghht) Tanks are the greatest and like many of us your wife will grow to hate you! Actually the tanks grow on them too. Giving you someplace to point your nose for years to come, the REEF is just great!

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That actually would be cool if I could get her on board with the tank.. No I know your just hackin chief... and yeah I know the Nemo feeling.. There I was the day it came out on DVD at the video store in front of like 9 mothers and kids, first in line... The checkout lady was like ... is this for your son or daughter.. No I don't have kids... LoL...
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