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Old 11-07-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Brown patches starting to form on sand

A few brown patches are starting to form on the sand. The middle of the tank is clear but on the two ends of the live rock the patches are starting. I have attached a few pics to show the brown and the direction the powerhead is pointed.
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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How long has the tank been set up? This is normal in newer systems in fact mine is a new system and I have a similar thing going on.

What are you ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?
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Yea looks like diatoms... Usually indicative of the end of the cycle.
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How long has the tank been set up? This is normal in newer systems in fact mine is a new system and I have a similar thing going on. What are you ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?
Tank has been running for two weeks. All levels still read 0.
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Tank has been running for two weeks. All levels still read 0.
Is that an artificial anemone in there or a real one?
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Yea looks like diatoms... Usually indicative of the end of the cycle.
Only two clowns for two weeks. Would that cycle the tank that quick? I don't know how much the live rock and live sand helps with the cycle process.
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Is that an artificial anemone in there or a real one?
Artificial
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Only two clowns for two weeks. Would that cycle the tank that quick? I don't know how much the live rock and live sand helps with the cycle process.
If you used fully cured live rock you might get away with not having a cycle at all.
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If you used fully cured live rock you might get away with not having a cycle at all.
The rock was fully cured in a tank for three months before adding to this tank. It has a good bit of growth on it. I don't know exactly how much it is but I'm guessing it's about 40 lbs worth.
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