12-02-2009, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by wake49
I can't really tell from the pictures, but it kind of looks like Diatoms.
There is no real "schedule" for a marine tank maturing in a day/week/month sense. It's more of a question as what are the levels in your tank? Did your NitrItes and Ammonia reach zero? Are you showing a NitrAte reading? Are your Alk and Calcium testing in a steady range? (Did you buy Alk and Calcium tests yet?) Is there an abundance of pods jumping on the glass?
With the addition of Live Sand and Cured Live Rock, tanks can have a tendency to get to the Diatom stage faster than you would suspect. I think that you are progressing just fine and post some results of tests so we can tell you where you're at.
I have 2 API test kits (my freshwater master and my reef master). I will test ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, calcium, carbonate hardness and phosphate when I get home this evening.