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Old 10-09-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Brown color on sand

How do I get rid of all the ugly brown stuff all over my live sand and how to prevent it from happening again?
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Is it diatoms? How old is tank? If fairly new, might be diatoms. Could also be cyano. Pics would help to decide.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:15 PM   #3
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It sounds like diatoms. They feed off of silicates (can come from source water or sand). Are you using RO/DI water? Is your tank fairly new? It usually starves itself out if it's just the sand w/ silicates causing the problems. Otherwise, check your water and make sure you're not introducing unneeded nutrients to feed the diatoms.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:16 PM   #4
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Is it a new tank? Diatoms are almost guaranteed to wreak havoc on a new tank while it stabalizes.. just don't overfeed and keep up with water changes and it should disappear
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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I've had my tank going for 4 months now and yes I've used RO water and I have checked my water levels and everything is right where they should be

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Old 10-09-2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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Umm... Are you hiding all the live rock in the sump? To keep a healthy tank your should try and get atleast .75-2 lbs per gallon and those are definetly diatoms.. just keep up with the water changes and maybe think about running a type phophate/silcate sponge to prevent it from happening again
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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Live rock isn't an a absolute necessity as long as you have good filtration. Some people like the more sparse look of a fish-only tank, and while I do understand that, I would add something (anything) for the fish to hide behind when they're scared.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:51 PM   #8
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I don't have any live rock just a sponge with bacteria on it in my sump
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:40 AM   #9
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Get some live rock! It looks awesome and give your tang someplace to hide. My tang hid a lot at first but he/she comes out all the time now that there's lots of rock. I have a tomini tang.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:45 AM   #10
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Yeah I will but I'm only keeping him in this tank for a little bit longer until I get my 110 gallon fish tank
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