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post #1 of 13 Old 08-12-2006, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
Browning of my tank

I am in the process of cycling my tank. It is a 75 gallon tank. We added 35 pounds of live rock (10 pounds a week) so far along with 40 pounds of live sand and 40 pounds of sythetic sand. We then added two chromis and a freekin nemo. After around 16 days we had this brown film which I am assuming is the "wonderful bacteria" we have been waiting for. We then added 10 small hermits and 2 snails. After another week (week 4) we added 10 more baby hermits. It is still very brown on the surface of the sand and on the rocks and glass. Is this normal? I have also noticed some pretty aqua and pink colors spreading over my rock. I hope this is a good sign!
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-12-2006, 04:42 PM
All it is, is brown algea To get rid of it test your water for nitrates and phosphates. If there high(Nitrate over20ppm and 1.0ppm phos.) do weekly water changes until they lower.
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-12-2006, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
Thank you!
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post #4 of 13 Old 08-13-2006, 11:00 AM

Just trying to figure stuff out..... You added fish during the cycle? I think that the things I have read say not to but I have read so much I think I'm more confused now then ever
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post #5 of 13 Old 08-13-2006, 07:28 PM
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When cycling, it's best not to add fish. They won't last long this way. Chromis are ok but they may not survive long enough while cycling is on process even if they are hardy. Amphiprions are also hardy but again, I wouldn't recommend adding fish in the course of cycling.

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-13-2006, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
I guess I should have specified I am doing a FOWLR and I only added the lil cheap guys to add waste. I was advised that this would be okay. I was also told that they were hardy. They are very small and cheap. I will add the big boys later. Sorry to confuse!
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post #7 of 13 Old 08-14-2006, 07:21 AM
The best fish to use are the domino damsel or the 3-striped demsal to cycle a tank. They are very hardy. The only thing about those are people use them to cycle the tank and when it's done people don't want the fish anymore. So they try to catch them to return them and end up tearing there tank apart tring to catch them. So I would ensure that you want to keep that fish, if you are going to try and cycle the tank that way.
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-18-2006, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
Well everyone is getting along now! The two chromies, the clown and the dogface puffer. I know this is a wierd combination however, they seem to do fine. The tank is 75 gallon so everyone has room to move around. I do realize that the puffer will get larger and I may have to relocate the chromies. Hopefully the clown will get large enough that the puffer won't mess with him. Only time will tell.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-18-2006, 08:48 AM
If you have a anenome for the clown to live in, you shouldn't have problems with it. My marroon clown stands his grounds with my bigger fish.
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-22-2006, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
Don't I need special lighting for the anemone? I have been told I can do some leather and maybe some polyps with the basic lighting I have.
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