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adams8229
08-09-2005, 7:09 AM
I have a fairly new 55g that I have 8lbs base rock and 13 lbs fiji LR in. I filter with a SC150 and Eheim classic. My lighting is not optimal at this point and I plan on purchasing a VHO soon. In the past 3 days, I have seen an explosion of what I think is Brown Diatoms. It is on the sand and LR. The forums say this is common for a new tank, should I be worried and what can I do to clear it from my tank. I have one clown and 5 snails in it so far. My PH is 8.5, trace of ammonia, less that .5 PPM of NO2 and NO3.

THanks

SShindell
08-09-2005, 7:19 AM
No problem - your tank is still cycling. Add more snails and wait before putting in any more stock.

The brown will go away as the tank settles in.

You might consider adding more rock - that is a fairly small amount for a 55 gallon set up.

Steve

adams8229
08-09-2005, 8:02 AM
Thanks Steve, I will add more rock. Is the LR ok without the VHO's? I have a MH that i run on the weekends, not the safest rig so I am uncomfortable leaving it running. Also, while I am asking questions. What is the prefered snail and how many? I have heard that the Mexican Turbo snail is great for Reefs and also heard do not use them.

THanks again

SShindell
08-09-2005, 8:12 AM
Live rock does not need much light.

Come to the meeting Wednesday and people can give you more info. on snails, but Mexican Turbos are a great option, as are narissius snails.

Steve

adams8229
08-09-2005, 8:33 AM
Thanks Steve, I will add more rock. Is the LR ok without the VHO's? I have a MH that i run on the weekends, not the safest rig so I am uncomfortable leaving it running. Also, while I am asking questions. What is the prefered snail and how many? I have heard that the Mexican Turbo snail is great for Reefs and also heard do not use them.

THanks again

SShindell
08-09-2005, 8:50 AM
I would leave off the MH until you get it safer - consistency of light is better than blasting one day and not the next.

Your tank right now has almost no light requirements, so I would not be concerned.

Contact Kevin at NGAReef.com and he can give you ideas of different stocking options. He should be at the meeting Wednesday. Of course, the people at FS&M and other ARC members can give you advice also. I personally prefer snails that reproduce in the tank, but Mexican Turbos do a great job in eating dying tissue in a cycling tank.

Steve