New Tank Cycle: Diatoms

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Hi folks,

I've been cycling my tank for about 3 weeks or so. I've got real reef rock, live sand, a Juwel skimmer 2.0, filtration, etc. I've started to notice the brown algae (diatoms) on the sand. I presume this is good considering that I'm cycling the tank, but I'm not too clued up on what from here? Is it Nitrate related, meaning that the ammonia is getting broken down into Nitrate.. next stop Nitrate? Then the tank is cycled?

Basically, is all ok and will it go away naturally?

PH: 9
Nitrates: Off the chart
Ammonia: 0
 
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Diatoms are caused by silicates which are released by the sand, give it time and all the silicates will be used up, resulting in no more diatoms.
Measure your water, The cycle is Ammonia, Nitrite and then nitrate.
 
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@CameL Thank you for correcting me on the ammonia > nitrite > nitrate .. that makes far more sense to me, silly mistake. Ok, I'll be patient ;)
 
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I can add a little more insight:

PH: 9
Nitrates: Off the chart
Ammonia: 0

I'm a freshwater guy, so these readings are a whole new ball game for me.
 
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@viper357 Incredibly useful write up, thank you. Looks like I'm heading towards the end of the cycle based on the graphs, although I'm yet to have any green hair algae. I need to do a water change though and I need to buy a refractometer as I don't have one unfortunately. I'm in no rush though, the tank can cycle for another 5-6 weeks for all I'm concerned :)
 
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@Brendan6 Yip! All new territory to me, but certainly sounds like I'm going in the right direction and need to sit back, relax and watch the magic take place. Your tank is looking incredible bro, popped onto the thread and had a look earlier, stunning!
 
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@Brendan6 Yip! All new territory to me, but certainly sounds like I'm going in the right direction and need to sit back, relax and watch the magic take place. Your tank is looking incredible bro, popped onto the thread and had a look earlier, stunning!
Thanks for the kind words bud! :thumbup:

If you are able to be Zen master and wait for the cycle to fully do it's thing, you have a fighting chance in this hobby.
 
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@Brendan6 I'm pleased to say that at this time of the year patience is something I have, so if I have to wait until mid-January that's all good!
 
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