brown algea

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  1. callie

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    My tank is running for a week and now suddenly a type of brown algae starts to pop up everywhere. Is it normal for a new tank or is it a problem?
     
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    Yep its normal. Its called Diatoms. Will go away soon. Its part of the cycling process :)

    Just sit back and watch!
     
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    So i must just leave it. Thanks
     
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    my tank took a while to get it, but when it did it came thick and fast, and is only clearing up now (2 month mark). It can also be due silicates in the water, not all RO water has the silicates fully removed (I used an industrial RO unit that I have at work rather than buying water or a unit - until I discovered it didn't removed silica! :nono:)

    try to keep your lighting period a bit lower than usual for a few days, light also helps it along. there shouldn't be any light-dependant LS in your tank as yet anyway so it won't be a problem.

    good luck!
     
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    Will leave lights off for a couple of days an only leave light on for sump. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Diatoms aren't affected by light but rather silicates. Add a phosphate remover and make sure that you use RO water for make up and top up water
     
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