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Old 03-01-2013, 11:34 PM   #1
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I have been fighting a hair algae problem for awhile now and I have it under control for the most part. But now I have a brown color looking stuff in my sand (I'm color blind). What is it and what do I do?

Tank has been up for like 5 months got 3 triggers and a wrasse
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I have been fighting a hair algae problem for awhile now and I have it under control for the most part. But now I have a brown color looking stuff in my sand (I'm color blind). What is it and what do I do?

Tank has been up for like 5 months got 3 triggers and a wrasse
Have you checked your phosphate levels? Keep in mind that even small Triggers produce a lot of waste. I would he concerned with your nitrate and phosphate levels. If you have elevated phosphate levels you should be running phosgard to reduce levels. What is your water change schedule?
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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Does it look anything like this? I noticed you mentioned 5 months, this is what happened to me after 3-5 months.

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Yes it is
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Diatoms. I remember freaking out when I saw it too. It's said to be normal after the cycle has completed. It's supposed to go away by itself after a month or two but I used a product called "kent marine tank clarifier" got rid of it in a week.



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I think I might wait it out, I'm at school and I can't really afford too much stuff at the moment hahah
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Kim post a pic in a little bit to make sure
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I got a small conch for mine, it's cool and eats that's stuff quick.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:39 AM   #10
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What do they do? Exactly
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