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Old 05/05/2021, 08:16 PM   #1
Pinksforever
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Help please

Hey there
I have a new saltwater aquarium that's been running for about 6 weeks. Just wondering if this is normal? And what I should do?
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Old 05/06/2021, 04:53 AM   #2
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That is algae. Its normal in the cycling process.

Do you have live stock in it already?

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Old 05/06/2021, 05:34 AM   #3
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We have a clownfish as of yesterday.
Do you know how long it takes for it to go away? Some say a week, and others say it might take months.
Thankyou for your reply 😀


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Old 05/06/2021, 06:53 AM   #4
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I wish more people had Nielsen and Fossa's "The Modern COral Reef" Vol 1. It has a chapter showing the various algae cycles during the first 8 - 12 months while an aquarium matures. What you are seeing is to be expected. The only thing I would do is manual removal. Here's some videos I think you might find informative or helpful:

Forest Rohwer "Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R2BMEfQGjU

Changing Seas - Mysterious Microbes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7hsp0dENEA

Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont
https://youtu.be/DWItFGRQJL4

Richard Ross What's up with phosphate"
https://youtu.be/ZRIKW-9d2xI

Steel Straws
https://youtu.be/QkABhAFhGKQ

Paper towels for algae
https://youtu.be/_yoh9DYkiWA


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Old 05/09/2021, 06:43 PM   #5
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Old 05/10/2021, 04:06 PM   #6
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Your rock and sand (and water (if you didn't set up with ro/di water) ) can bring in phosphate, which is fertilizer for algae, which can start from spores on rock, or in water, or, I'm convinced, even in the air---I used to live on lake, and I swore it was the case. Every tank tends to get it and to get rid of it, you have to get it out of the water: use ro/di only. Use GFO (Phosban and other brands) and use a lot of patience. Forget getting anything to eat it: the poo dissolves and breaks down and your phosphate is right there---again. Has to be removed and kept out.


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