Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-21-2013, 11:35 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
FishShack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Posts: 105
Brown on rocks and sand?

Hi everyone,

My tank finished cycling about 3 to 4 weeks ago. Been great so far, I added two clowns and 4 cromies so far and a 1 banded shrimp, 4 hermit crabs and 1 jawbone which hides in his hole. I am using RO water from glacier vending machine. I have base rock and live rock from fls.

This week I noticed brown coloration on my rocks and sand, live rock has no issue still beautiful. Can someone tell me what's going on? My water parameters are great 0, 0, 20ppm, temp 76 and ph 8.2 and everyone in the tank is great. Just weird that brown colorization is happening..
__________________

__________________
55 gallon Saltwater Tank; 2 Hydor powerheads 850gph;
2 Aquaclear power filters 40 to 70gl; 1 Hydor Slim Protein Skimmer 48 to 65gl; 2 Fluval Heaters; 50lbs Carib Sea Aquascaping Reef Rock; 60lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Aquarium Sand; Deep Blue SolarMax HE2 Double 48" T5 Strip Light - 28w x2 + Moonlights
FishShack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
Youre getting diatoms, perfectly normal in a new tank. they will burn themselves out in a few weeks so no need to worry, its nothing you have done wrong or anything.
__________________

__________________
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
Yes. It's a diatom bloom. Everyone had to experience this early on. It's just part of starting up a new system. Once the food source is eliminated, it will go away as fast as it came. They say silicates are diatoms primary food source.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2013, 11:54 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
FishShack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ashburn, Virginia
Posts: 105
Whew Thank you lol, was worried that I did something wrong ....
__________________
55 gallon Saltwater Tank; 2 Hydor powerheads 850gph;
2 Aquaclear power filters 40 to 70gl; 1 Hydor Slim Protein Skimmer 48 to 65gl; 2 Fluval Heaters; 50lbs Carib Sea Aquascaping Reef Rock; 60lbs CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Aquarium Sand; Deep Blue SolarMax HE2 Double 48" T5 Strip Light - 28w x2 + Moonlights
FishShack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
VinnyLLU's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 97
You can get some turbo snails to mow that stuff down
__________________
VinnyLLU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
But then you have to feed the turbos and they poop thus adding to the nitrates. They will go away without adding anything. Unless of course you like turbo snails. lol
__________________

__________________
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.