Neon green

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  1. keyaam

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    Hi

    My tanks live rock and substrate is starting to turn neon green. What could this be?
     
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  3. geoffrey

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    it could be a number of things.

    1) how old is your tank

    2) what are your nitrate levels (most likely cause)

    3) do you use a skimmer.

    4) what sort of bio load do u have

    these are only just a few. if you give us a description of your tank and a few pics. the guys here will help you out chop chop!
     
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    Welcome to Masa. Waut for the gurus for answers
     
  5. keyaam

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    tank is still cycling. In its fourth week now. specs are as follows

    34 gallon tank
    skimmer
    fluidized bed
    2 X 10k 14w white flourescents
    2 X 10k 14w blue flourescent
    10 kg live rock
    2 blue legged hermits
    3 brittle stars

    Livestock came with live rock. I have been topping up with RO water and never done a water change. never checked the nitrate level as yet.
     
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    im no guru but i reckon that is to be expected in your 4th week Keyaam. So no worries about the tank turning green, it'll pass, but keep an eye on your livestock.
     
  7. OCELLARIS

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    hi keyaam

    Welcome to MASA

    tell me have you got your lighting on 24/7 or have you got it on
    a time shift phase ?
     
  8. Puppy

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    If it's the green color i am thinking of it could be the first sign of coraline algae.
    Can u post a close up pic of the liverock if possible so i can confirm.
     
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    A very WARM welcome to MASA Keyaam!

    I think that Puppy might be on the dot with his opinion. BUT - a picture/photo speaks a thousand words.....
    so, please post a picture of what you are seeing as fluorescent green?
     
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    Lights are on from 7am to 7pm. Will post a pic tomorrow. currently at work. Thanks for the help so far.
     
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  12. OCELLARIS

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    jacquesb could the growth be due o the 12hr lighting phase?
     
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    Are these brittle stars still small? Isn't three a bit much for a tank still cycling?

    BTW Welcome to the Forum...The Guru's on here really know there stuff!
     
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    There appears to be a lumo green cyano doing the rounds, PITA.
     
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    Occelaris - this would be difficult to answer. As we still don't really know exactly WHAT this is we are dealing with.

    IF it is cyano, as Midasblenny suggested, then YES - the lighting period could be helping the cyano along (not causing it though - the cause of cyano is more likely due to high phosphates in the water due to the tank still cycling, or alternatively, due to over-feeding of the fish that was added a little bit pre-maturely)....

    IF it is corralline algae, then this is just a stage of the cycling process that occurs naturally. I have seen "luminous green/fluorescent green" corralline algae before on my rocks, then soon after that the red/pink type corralline starts to grow.....
     
  16. keyaam

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    here are the pics
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    This is definitely just a stage in your cycling process. This is the 1st stage of corralline algae growing.

    Awesome man! Congrats.
     
  18. trad

    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    Just check if its slimmy it not its a good thing, as midasbleeny said there does seem to be a bit of lumo green cayno going around. My tank it 3 months old and just had a spurt of red green and also almost blue cyano.
     
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    It could be but not sure if i`d congratulate just yet, looks awfully like the green cyano from that pic
     
  20. Puppy

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    Yes it is the same color I had in mind ,it looks to me like the first stages of coralline growth.
    I have noticed in many tanks I assist on and even in my own system that new liverock goes this color before it turns pink and then purple.
     
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    so guys when your tank LR start cycling it turns this green, then
    to a pink and finally to a purple colour? are these the colour stages
    to cycling?
     
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