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Old 01-28-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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what does brown algae mean?


does anyone know what this brown algae mean?? it barely started to appear like 3 days ago.. my water readings are all good ammonia 0, nitrate 0, nitrite 0, PH 8.3, temperature 78...
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
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how old is the tank?
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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Like 1 month old
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:40 PM   #4
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Diatoms, its part of the whole cycle.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:06 AM   #5
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what tests are you using? It seems kinda early for 0 ammonia, nitrite and nitrate...
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:15 AM   #6
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Diatoms? Are they gonna go away?? Mm im using the API test and I even went to my LFS and they tested my water and they gave me the same results... They told me that my tank already have a good filtration system and it has pretty good strongh lighting they came with the tank they are made to fit right in the top of the tank... Maybe its that or IDK i do 10% of water changes every week and when I do that my ammonia goes up to 0.25 and the next day it drops to 0 again...
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Yes they will eventually go away just limit the amount of light on the tank and perform a PCW my tank is going on 3 years old and I still occasionally get a slight diatom bloom, it's just part of the hobby I also question the completion of your NC in 1 month the numbers might be in order however you will get Ammonia spikes because the bacteria has not fully developed.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:41 AM   #8
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the diatoms will go away with time, but what is your turnover rate in the tank and what kind of water are you using? do you test it before adding it?
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:11 AM   #9
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I'd stop the water changes, and leave the lights off, powerheads/flow on. The water column will stabilize and finish the NO cycle o its own.
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Old 02-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #10
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ok to leave light off all day until diatom subsides? I have 3 small frags of Zoas in the tank.. plus starter fish. one month old...
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:10 PM   #11
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Well my tank has started to do fine I got some turbos and they have been taking care of that problem.. The brown algae has dissapear and everytime I see a little algae in one of the walls of my tank I wait few hours and then I see my turbos over all the algae
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:22 PM   #12
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when I see a bloom on something, I just move a turbo snail from where they are (usually bein a dork in the corner) and put them right on the algae bloom, they'll take off and start cleaning it in no time...
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:49 PM   #13
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Naahh I dont rush my turbos, I just leave them where they are and I know they will go eat that algae in any time they feel like.. And so far I dont have any brown algae in my tank
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:45 PM   #14
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Turbos and Cleanup Crew


How many turbos in a 55g FOWLR? I have 2(one died and stunk up the house, 3 small red hermits and 3 small snails that live in the sand and come out at night. Also found one shell-less snail that hijacked in that comes out at night.
Brown dusty algae. How many hours for light? Tempature?
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #15
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Well I have 2 large turbos and 3 small snails they are very small, and I have a 14G tank, my temperature its 75 in the morning and after it has the lights on and its night time it gets to 80.. And I only leave my day lights on for 10 hours then i switch to moonlights and I leave moon lights on till I go to bed... Mm I would say you should get at least 16 Big turbos so they can clean up all your tank..
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