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Old 09-17-2015, 10:52 PM   #1
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I have a 30 gallon and would like to know how to get rid of all the brown in it. I put some crabs things in it. I also have a damsel that likes to hide in the corner. What does that mean?Click image for larger version

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Old 09-18-2015, 12:22 AM   #2
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What is your maintenance on the tank? I'd suspect high nitrates as your issue at hand.
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Old 09-18-2015, 02:16 AM   #3
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No need to get worried, all new tanks get Diatom Blooms. The diatoms eat up all the silicates in the water, then will die out. No worries, it may take a few weeks, but they will go away by themselves.
The other crap growing is algae, which is coming from all your phosphates in the water. Need to get a Hanna Low Range tester for those, keep them between .05-.03, and then you will have no issues with the algae.
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So all the brown stuff should leave my itself? I don't have any testing stuff yet so idk.


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Old 09-18-2015, 11:29 AM   #5
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Yes, the brown stuff is called a Diatom Bloom.
You will need to get water testing equipment, or you will be in deep trouble with algae down the road, not to mention killing fish or inverts and corals.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
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Ok I'll try to get the test thing today. Now I do have live rocks and what ever this thing is. Will that stuff grow on the rocks as well?


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Will what stuff grow on the rocks?
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:20 PM   #8
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Need a better angle on it, can't ID it with that shot.
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What lights are on the tank?
Looks like aptasia or majanho .
Both pest IMO.
+1 with needing proper test equipment.
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I'll have to take one later and it's a normal light one that come with the cover.


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Old 09-19-2015, 01:28 PM   #13
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Looks like an Aiptasia. This thing you want out of the tank, you don't want them to multiply.
Many ways to kill them.
Bleach the rock
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Why do I want it out of my tank? It looks cool.


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Reef Keeping: Aiptasia: Recognize and Understand this Stinging Cnidarian
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I have a red coris wrasse that makes short work out of Aiptasia I had 2 copper bands in the past but they don't last long they always starve before they find the pests
I thought they looked cool to till I was over whelmed with them I baked the rocks in the hot sun over a month I added them back in the tank with in a week they were back bigger than ever , trust me kill them off while they are small or they will haunt you till your gray , I also heard of the bigger ones swallowing fish ,
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Ok I'll kill it.


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Yea you don't want those. I had a Peppermint shrimp who cleared dozens of them before he passed away. A few weeks later, and I am spotting now apista growing.

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So do I soak the hole thing in that stuff or just the part it's on?


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Using a syringe, you shoot it in the mouth.
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