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Old 01-24-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Can anyone identify this?

My sandbed gets this rust color the longer i leave my lights on, which makes me think its algae... But idk.. Cant be diatoms i use ro/di water here are some pictures
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Diatoms are algae and that is exactly what looks like.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:34 PM   #3
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Well my intial makeup of my tank wasnt ro\di water but ive done one pwc so far with my filtered water.. Brand new system btw.. So maybe ill keep doing pwc w my new water
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Yeah looks like a brown algae. How long are you leaving the lights on?
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:48 PM   #5
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Ok as long as its not more then you should.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #7
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Or should i hold off and let all the diatoms die?
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:03 PM   #8
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Any new saltwater tank will go through a diatom phase. They'll normally die back as the tank matures.
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Any new saltwater tank will go through a diatom phase. They'll normally die back as the tank matures.
+1 ,,its all part of the process
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Sweep it up with a net or you can get a water vacuum( which is better in the long run) but it will go away with time.
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