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Mahunky06 03-23-2008 09:54 AM

Brown Algae everywhere
I have recently set up a 200L saltwater tank (~4 weeks ago) and i have had live rock and sand in there ~2-3 weeks now. There is now brown algae growing all over my live rock and even on the sand and glass of the tank! Is this a normal phase of the tank cycling? Is there a clean-up crew i can put in there now to help with the algae issue? Hermit crabs/snails? I am hesitant to put the lights on in the tank now but know that the rest of the stuff growing on the live rock needs the light. What should i do?

aurawolf 03-23-2008 10:45 PM

it is pretty normal from everything I have seen or read, they are usually diatoms and will bloom for abit feeding on phosphates and nitrates until they consume their food out. Mine started going away after I put a phosphate filter media in my filter and started using RO water only for tank top ups and water changes.

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