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Old 07-23-2011, 10:20 PM   #1
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very new to salt water, help!!

Hi everyone! I just set up my sw fish tank 1 week ago. It is a 14g bio cube. I noticed today for the first time, I seem to already be growing some brownish/greenish looking algae. I got my water from my lfs. Please tell me if there is anything I can do to get rid of this before I start adding any inverts/fish. I have live rock in the tank as well. Anyy and all advice is greatly appreciated!!
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Welcome to AA!Its prob cyano, if not that its a form of algae, won't really cause too many problems as long as it doest take over your tank, does your tank sit in direct light? Just simply cut back o lightig a bit and it should subside some algae growth is to be expected though
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Thanks! No my tank does not sit in direct sun light, the tank is in my bedroom, on an inside wall. No sun light hits it. When u say cut back the lighting, since I do not have anything in it except my live rock, would it be ok to just cut the night time lights off like I do my freshwater tanks?
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:11 PM   #4
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If it's brownish it sounds like diatom algae. Don't worry this will eventually starve itself out. It best described usually ad the beginning of the end of the cycle process. Monitor your levels and some inverts like hermet crabs or emerald crabs will also eat it. Good luck!!
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Also if your really interested in learning a lot for a reef aquarium look up newyorksteelo on YouTube. He has videos for every aspect of reef keeping just about. Very great enthusiastic person who truly cares about the hobby as well as new people as yourself.
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Opps forgot about diatoms, good catch cardinal.
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Water changes to remove the excess nutrients the algae is feeding on would be a big help.
How did you cycle this tank? How much live rock is in it? How long are you running the lights right now?
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cyano is red huma, those are mostlikely diatoms, which is a comon algae in newly cycled SW systems. it will start to disappear once the bacteria colony has formed, a CUC will also help
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cyano is red huma? what does that mean? cyano is not only red. it comes in many colors. as a matter of fact, it's most commonly called blue-green algae.
diatoms are not green.
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Thanks everyone for your help!!the tank has been cycling for one week. And what do you mean by how the tank was cycled? I just put the sand water and rock in and have let it filter. I have not added anything to it the speed up the process if that is what you mean? I have 7lbs od live rock and will be adding more soon before I add anything else. I have been runing the lights 24 hours a day. Is that too much? I have the day and night time lights.
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