Ok, so my tank is about 2 months old - give or take a week. My tank has been going relatively well, and is gaining nice attractive features. However, one that seems to be a very ugly feature - brown algae!
I literally just cleaned the tank last night due to the algae starting to take over, and scrubbed the front & sides of the tank. I also ran the vacuum over the sand to clean it off of there.
It always looks beautiful for the first day, but here I am again, with brown algae creeping up over the sand, and starting to run up the glass of the tank.
Why is this algae still maintaining to be a problem? Is it because I'm still 'cycling' the tank? I took test results, and I know my 'nitrates' are high, but would it cause algae to grow rapid?
Ammonia: 0 > .25
*If there is 2 values for 1, its because I use the API Marine Test Kit, and it goes by color*
I do not have the 'Reef' kit, but will be looking into filling in the gaps on my test kit as I go.
I've been using primer to detoxify nitrates, but I don't know how often I can use it. Is there any other great method besides doing water changes all of the time?
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Aquariums Specs might be nice lol
Lighting: Custom 4 Strip T5 - 2x10k - 2xActinic (two 80mm fans)
Filter(s): 350canister, 350hob (both marineland)
Heater: 80 Fahrenheit
30lb rock on sand bed. Handful of shells.