- Sep 4, 2019
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i agree i did rush but i have back off now and am letting it go for a while with what i got to see if the brown algae stops after a while we will see just been doing a 10% water change once a sunday for nowcame across your post because i just ordered the same 40 G and let me start by saying I'm sorry about your anemone.
second thanks for posting your process. im looking at absorbing all knoledge about the 40G aquatop system and not much out there now for the long stuff.
Sadly it sounds like you rushed/distubed through the cycle process.
I know that feeling when you do that water test that finally shows 0 ammonia 0 nitrites and low nitrates but at this stage your aquarium is still fragile to change and adding livestock immediately after that completely reset your nitrogen cycle. I think at one point we've all been guilty of impatience. Usually after i'm done cycling i give it at least a week or 2 before i do anything to it. at this point you have nothing to lose other than your mind for not being able to put anything in yet. and the first you you should do is a 10-20% water change to do your first Nitrate export. and even then you should still wait to see how your aquarium deals with its first water change.
The one thing that made your ammonia problem worse was probably doing 20% water changes every 2-3 days. yes you may have been dropping ammonia/nitrites/nitrates but you were also removing good bacteria that your system needed to reach equilibrium. we sometimes want to rush in and change a bunch of things to help but "STABILITY IS KING" in this hobby. and sounds like you put your system through a roller coaster ride.
What i would have done if i spotted ammonia is add the recommended dose of Prime(yes prime because its the best) and test water for a couple of days.
and fight the urge to "Help" until your aquarium is happy.
As far as your recent problem of brown algae. the best thing to do is......nothing.
let it run its course. brown algae usually feed off phosphates and silicates. eventually they will starve.
if your still having problems...
I would test for phosphates and if they are elevated maybe run to LFS and get a bag of phosguard or some sort of GFO. it is a media that doesn't leach anything into your water but just absorbs phosphates and silicates. Usually brown algae is just the process of setting up a new system. thats why I say probably best bet is let the algae run out of food"phosphates/silicates" and then use GFO to maintain phosphates low.
I hope this doesn't come off as agressive but i just want to throw in my 2 cents. and heck if someone doesn't agree with me please chime in. we are all still learning.
i would love to keep writing but my wife is hovering and looking at me mean because we have to go.
now she's really mad because I mentioned her.
I have to go.
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