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  1. Bong

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    Hello :thumbup::thumbup:
    I am new to the marine side of fish keeping.. my setup is only month or 2 old.

    My main concern is brown algae, how do i reduce the amount of it in the tank or will it cycle out eventually?
    And secondly, my skimmer is not consistent with producing a skimmate and works wonders for week then nothing for another week

    Tank is 200 liters with live stock of 1 clown, 1 damsel, 1 klipvis, 1 molly. 7kg liverock with a hermit crab and snails galore.

    Thanks for the advice
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here. Please read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank, there's some great info for beginners ;)
     
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    We would need a photo of the brown algae but it most probably brown diatoms that forms part of a cycle process,if your water parameters are in check this should go away as your tank cycles.You need to decide if you want to keep tropical freshwater,marine cold water or tropical marine as currently you have all three in one system.Not the best idea long term as each species will require different water parameters to the next and you will always end up stressing some of your animals due to this.Please advise which skimmer you have but most will work consistently when the sump water level is consistent,should this change due to evaporation or if you don't have a top up system then your skimmer performance will vary...Welcome to MASA :thumbup:
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA!:thumbup:
     
  6. Bong

    Bong Thread Starter

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    The level in the sump does slowly drop, the inside of the cupboard pretty caked with salt from a lil spray. would putting some plastic over my 2 sumps be fine to keep level constant

    Thanks
     
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    The plastic will not stop evaporation as its the water movement and heat in the system from equipment and lighting causing this,better to mark the level where you want the water to be in your sump where your skimmer works best then keep to that level with manual RO top ups or a top up system linked from your sump to an RO reservoir.
     
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    Hey @flappy, diatoms are algae... They're protists, and Kelp are diatoms too...:blush:

    But I must agree with the rest! :yeahdude:
     
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    @ brentch agreed.....
     
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    Also, for a well balanced system I suggest you get some more Live Rock. That is where bacteria grows and you need them to remove all the nutrients from the system that currently the diatoms are thriving on.
     
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    Which Damsel do you have..? I gather that some of them can be very aggro...I just learned about 2 weeks ago that the Yellowtail Blue Damsel is one of them...:p..I assume the poor Molly is in you'r Tank to help "cycle" it...:(..whats going to happen to it now..it's a "brackish" fish...
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