02-03-2011, 10:59 PM
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New Tank, brown/orange algae growing very fast, no idea why?
hello, im very new to this, i took a marine biolagy class back in high school and loved it and have wanted to set up a salt water tank ever since. so i finally did it and i just recently purchased a brand new 90 gallon deep blue reef tank with over flow on the side, its drilled and i am running bio balls at the bottom. it has been set up and running for probably 3 weeks now i have african reef sand and probably 20 lbs of live rock and two damsels.
everything seemed fine in the tank until i came home from work today and i had brown and orange looking algae i guess growing on my rock and sand. one of my friends thought it might be diatom algae bloom and suggested i get some hermit crabs to help with it.
like i said before i am new to all this im still trying to cycle it, but not sure if the algae is ok good bad or what. so if anyone has any suggestions or insite i would greatly appreciate it.