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Old 05-16-2005, 10:55 PM   #1
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YES! ALGEA!

Well I am now seeing brown diatoms on the sand and live rocks!

I take it this is a good sign of a healthy tank.


My clown is still doing fine, would like to get some corals in there though, it is soo bare.
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That's great. Bet you never thought you'd be happy to see cruddy brown stuff on your tank.
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Brown algae in the sand, that was my trouble with my first tank, I though it was good, then it spread like weed...and everything was dying a short time after that. Of course, we could be talking about different brown algae... ... good luck, I hope it's the good stuff the one in your tank.
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The stuff you get when you start a tank isn't bad. It's when your tank is well aged and then you get the brown slimy stuff that it's bad. You will probably start seeing it in a couple of weeks gilraen. Don't panic when it comes. It's a natural process, you just keep it off the glass and as soon as your tests are good you add some cleaners to keep it under control till it goes away.
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Thanks electrikat, I'll keep that in mind
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I heard purple algea was the better sign...that is if your cycling? I started seeing it on my glass and not some on my LR....Ive had brown and then like gilraen said, my levels spiked.
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