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Old 10-08-2006, 05:37 PM   #1
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Live Rock Orange

Hey guys,

Just started my first saltwater tank setup about a month ago.

My live rock while cycling the tank is turning an orange color.
Is this normal? Doesn't look very pretty.

Cheers!

P.s Damsel is doing fine.
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Old 10-08-2006, 05:42 PM   #2
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If you are referring to diatom growth, no, it is not that pretty. What color are your lights, and what is your water source?
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lights are whatever came with the hood. Lights up the tank more than enough IMO. Just a $40 dollar light hood from petco. Only a 30 gallon tank. Water is tap.

So is there anything I can do to correct this easily?
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Yes try not to use tap water. Get an RO or RO/DI unit. They will remove Excessive nutrients out of the water that feed them.
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yeah, in hindsight, I wouldn't use it.

I will use bottled type water for water changes here on out.

Anything cheaper for a fix? Since I only need to correct this this once, I don't want to invest in an expensive setup. Any chemicals I can use to fix this?

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It`s best not to use chemicals unless you really need to. Alot of times they foul up your tank and put your fish in a bad situation IMO. You can get an RO or RO/DI unit on ebay for pretty cheap.
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It`s best not to use chemicals unless you really need to. Alot of times they foul up your tank and put your fish in a bad situation IMO. You can get an RO or RO/DI unit on ebay for pretty cheap.
I agree, I like the natural way.
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Thanks for the reply. RO is out of the question for me.

It's only a 30 gallon tank, and I don't want to invest insane amounts of money. As it stands, I've already gone above and beyond. LOL

So it seems my issue is with using tap water. Aside from an RO system (which is completely out of the picture) and not using chemicals...what else can I do to get this under control?

Do I NEED a protein skimmer on a tank of this size? (currently do not have one)

Should I pick up some turbo snails? ( would this help at all? )

Should I do a water change with purified bottled water?
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Any chance you can get a pic. I feel like we are not understanding exactly what is going on (at least I am a little confused).
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I guess if you cant get an RO/DI unit just go with RO water or I used distilled water for a while. I `ve heard that Walmart sells RO water and I used Food Lion distilled for yrs. Also your LFS might have RO or RO/DI water.
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