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This is a discussion on New Aquarium within the Beginner Saltwater Aquariums forums, part of the Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks category; --> The Brown Algae is called a Diatom Bloom. Happens in all new tanks, no need to worry, they take care of themselves. But this ...

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #21
 
The Brown Algae is called a Diatom Bloom. Happens in all new tanks, no need to worry, they take care of themselves. But this also tells me you rtank is still in cycle.What are your Ammonia and Nitrite readings?
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:35 PM   #22
 
Amomonia and Nitrite are 0.0 and 0.0.
I just added some photos. My guy at the store told me all the names of the different coral, but I wasn't smart enough to write them down. I'll update names soon.
Should I wait for the algea to take care of it self before I add more fish or shrimp?

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:28 PM   #23
 
Critters and Fish should be added slowly at this point as to not cause a mini cycle. Little at a time.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #24
 
RM you're very cryptic! I'm guessing that means I should wait 'til the algea clears before I add anything? Or do I wait 'til the nitrate is 0?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #25
 
You can add more CUC right away. Add fish at a slower rate.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #26
 
I started a saltwater tank in the beginning of august and I bought live sand and rock like you did. The tank cycled in like 2 or three days and as a mater of fact I never really got any readings at all aside from like 5 ppm of nitrate. Then my tank did nothing for like a month until I started noticing a little brown algae a few days ago and bam! I have a diatom bloom. Crazy how fast it happened. I started with a couple damselfish as well...unfortunately I killed them in a botched water change (never use tap water )...and they were not at all friendly. In fact the bigger one chased the smaller one incessantly causing him to hide and lose color. I replaced them with a pair of clowns and a Royal Gramma Basslet and couldn't think of more enjoyable fish. Nassarius Snails are pretty good cleaners of the sand. I have two and I'm going to get a few more to help with the sand.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:29 PM   #27
 
It's wierd. My bloom is only where the LEDs shine. The shadows are clear.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:35 PM   #28
 
I have a 4' T5 HO fixture so mine is everywhere in my tank besides under the rocks. Some places I have coralline algae growing and its keeping the diatoms from growing there. Could just be that its congregating where the most light is. Mine also started on the glass near the overflow and spread from there.

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Old 09-20-2012, 11:25 PM   #29
 
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It's wierd. My bloom is only where the LEDs shine. The shadows are clear.
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Then yours eyes would fall out if yoiu woulda seen mine. 2- 250w halides over an 8' area.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #30
 
lots of changes. now have a 50g SeaClear System II. In the old tank I had the 2 black purcula clowns and a flame angel. I added a 2 spot goby and sand star and the next morning all 4 fish were dead. The tank was a shade shy of 30g. So...... bigger tank, 6 weeks of just coral, star, anenome and cuc. I've now added a pair of Black Onyx clowns. I was hoping they would take to the bubble tip, but haven't. It's only been 5 days, so I'll be patient.
Water parameters are ideal. If I can figure out how to add pics, I will
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