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My 29 gallon Bio-Cube has been up and running for two weeks. I have live sand and rock in the aquarium, with two damsels and two clowns, one dotty-back, and a cleaner shrimp. I noticed that my live sand is turning brown on one side of my tank, and my live rock is turning to a darker brown. Please excuse my rookie question, but is this normal? And is their anything that I can do to remedy this issue?

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My 29 gallon Bio-Cube has been up and running for two weeks. I have live sand and rock in the aquarium, with two damsels and two clowns, one dotty-back, and a cleaner shrimp. I noticed that my live sand is turning brown on one side of my tank, and my live rock is turning to a darker brown. Please excuse my rookie question, but is this normal? And is their anything that I can do to remedy this issue?

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Normal diatom bloom, nothing to worry about. Generally they go away on their own


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Having similar issues using TAP water! Makes things in tank real ugly!
 

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Not to be rude, but why on earth do you have livestock in a two week old tank?

And that is a lot of fish for a 29 IMO... At least the damsels...
 

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Not to be rude, but why on earth do you have livestock in a two week old tank?

And that is a lot of fish for a 29 IMO... At least the damsels...
I agree! The only thing that should be live in that tank is the rock!
 

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I agree! The only thing that should be live in that tank is the rock!
i second that motion. your tank has barely been up and running and given a chance to establish itself.
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the other thing im suprised about is that your fish haven't tried killing each other yet. not to be harsh at alllll but damsels are usually agressive fish esp towards each other or other fish of similar size (of course depending on what kind of damsels you have). also ITS POSSIBLE but usually difficult to keep more than one clown in a tank unless they're a mated pair most local fish stores (LFS) would recommend against it. its usually difficult to keep these kinds of fish all together also because of the size of your tank. a great reference that me and my wife used when we got our first tank (which was a 12 gal nano) was www.liveaquaria.com it gives great info about each fish, the required sized tank and even better a compatability chart. VERY HELPFUL

i do agree grab some snails. my personal favorite...MEXICAN TURBO SNAILS. huge little buggers that will really help clean up your tank. blue legged hermit crabs help on the sand and emerald crags do great for algae. good luck!
 

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My 29 gallon Bio-Cube has been up and running for two weeks. I have live sand and rock in the aquarium, with two damsels and two clowns, one dotty-back, and a cleaner shrimp. I noticed that my live sand is turning brown on one side of my tank, and my live rock is turning to a darker brown. Please excuse my rookie question, but is this normal? And is their anything that I can do to remedy this issue?

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If it were me, the first thing I would do is try to return the fish to the store. At least see if they will hold them for a month or so while your tank finishes cycling. What you are seeing is most likely the diatom bloom (part of the cycle). It should easily wipe off and blow away like dust when you touch it. It usually appears in the higher flow areas of the tanks. I always get mine on the front of the tank where the returns hit the glass. But it always simply wipes off and blows away. It will clear itself up over time and its natural.

If the LFS won't hold the fish, your tank will still cycle but it will be a lot harder on the fish since the conditions in the tank will be changing almost daily. It could potentially cause ammonia poisoning if too many fish are added and the cycle can't keep up and the ammonia levels get too high.

Are you testing any of the parameters? Ammonia and Nitrate being the two biggest ones at this point in your tank.
 

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I have a Biocube29 running. It is has been up for 3 1/2 weeks with just cured LR and the tank is still cycling. Return the fish/shrimp ASAP and wait it out.
 

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Pure water… most people overlook using reverse osmosis water no telling what is in tap water these days. This should the first thing you get when purchasing your equipment just think of it as part of the basic setup.<O:p</O:p

I agree with the posts above sit back and chill let the tank cycle<O:p</O:p
 

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You have got a lot of advice and it may seem harsh, but the common theme here is that you have a max fishload in a two week old tank. Chances are you are going to suffer losses, I hope you are monitoring your ammonia and nitrite levels. The early stages of cycling produce a lot of unproccessed amonia and while some damsels are hardy enough to survive it does cause them damage and then theres the stress caused by having several territorial fish competing for a space to call their own.
I would try to return the fish and give the tank a chance to finish its cycle
 

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I have a new tank as well, but with 40 lbs of live sand and at least 40 lbs of live rock in a 36 g tank. My tank didn't cycle but went right in to great water, no spiking. Probably due to the large amount of live rock. I have some polyps 1 hard coral, 2 mated clown and 2 chromis, along with about 30 snails of all different types. The snails keep everything clean and all I do is use a magnet glass cleaner on the viewing glass. I have had this for about 1 month now and I am already starting a great crop of coraline algae. My LPS has been great in helping me start and keep me running at a minimum with livestock, They even kept me from spending my cash by telling me to wait. So I guess I would say wait and get a couple of snails to clean up the act before moving on.
btw - if you get a1 larger and 1 smaller clown of one species they will change to male/female as needed.
 

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Thanks for the information,I did purchase some "Mexican Turbo snails' (2) and their doing a great job maintaining by bloom.

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another thing to mention, there isn't just one phase in having a cycled tank. Expect to have many on the way to a well established mature tank. There are no clear rules other than having to have enough beneficial bacteria in your LR to clear the bioload your fish produces. 'Cured' LR could have been received 'yesterday' at the LFS. be patient! be patient!:rotflmao:
 

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i can second that I just went through another mini cycle after 5 months mostly because of a dead pepermint i didn't catch, but you really need to stock SLOWLY i mean after cycle 1 fish wait a month or more then another checking levels frequently. I didn't check every week and bought two many fish too fast and suffered some losses,:cry:
 

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yeah, i'm such an impatient person...i went after it a little too fast too, lost a couple of damsels in the process...this hobby is goingto be good for me teaching me how to be patient and methodical....learning to fight the instant gratification that will inevitably lead to frustration...thx to all on here for helping me with the start up questions!!
 

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Having the same problem as you guys have had in the past, and your advice has been invaluable. One point however, how do I check the Ammonia and nitrate levels? How are these significant and how can I have more controlover these levels?

Thanks,

Jim
 
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