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Old 02-08-2014, 02:26 PM   #1
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55 FOWLR glass cleaning!

I get this brown crap on my glass all the time, it seems to show up as soon as I clean it off. I know it's some kind of diatom algae. My tank has been set up for 10 months now and it has not gone away. It just keeps coming, and I keep cleaning. Will this be a ongoing issue, or will this go away some time soon?

My lighting had been an double bright LED strip, and it I only have it on for about 10 hours during the day, and it goes fully off at night. What can I do beyond keep cleaning the glass to get this to go away?

I have checked my tank water, and it reads.

0 ammonia
0 nitrate
0 nitrite
8.1 PH

My tank is in the basement so no where near an open light.
I do water changes 3 times a month of 15 gallons. I had to take off the double bright LED today as it just died on me. So now it's back to normal florescent lighting with just one light in each lamp. Very dull looking! :-(

I have about 75 pounds of live rock, and 90 pounds of live sand. Two power heads for water movement, I do have one hang on the back Fluval C4 filter that provides more water movement on the top, I do have a Fluval 206 canister filter and a Reef Octopus HOB BH 1000 skimmer. Needless to stay my water movement is fine! I clean each filter out once a month!
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:03 PM   #2
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Do you use RO/DI or distilled water.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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Yes, I use RO/DI water I bought from Kroger, now I have my own unit I just set up after Christmas. I should note this problem has been an ongoing issue, not when I switched from Kroger water to my Own water. I would say for the better part of 5 months. :-( Didn't think anything of it, just thought it was part of keeping the tank clean, but I have seen tanks that go for months on end without glass cleaning. It made me wonder what I am doing wrong.
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What is your live stock/feeding schedule?
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:15 PM   #5
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55 FOWLR glass cleaning!

Once every day! Around night time an hour or two before light shut off! 7 or 8pm!
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Is it a brown dusty substance? If it is I still get that on my glass after 15 yrs.
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Yup my tanks only been up about 2
Years but I still get it as well. Just a part of keeping saltwater IMO
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I agree it's the same for me I get it but not to bad I only clean my glass once a fortnight
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Ok! It just seems I get a Ton more every darn week! LoL
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Does it seem sorta powder like if that makes sense?
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