Sand bed turning brown.

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  1. Brandon7878

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    My sand bed keeps turning brown. I'm using my gravel vacuum on it a lot but it's not going away. I think it's killing my corals. I need help!! [​IMG]
     

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    How old is the tank?
    Are you using rodi water?

    Might just be ugly phase stuff
     
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    The tank is roughly 3 months old. I am using water straight from my lfs. It is salt water rated 1.026. I clean It but it just ends up coming back.
     
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    Double check with them it's rodi. It probably is:)oops:but not always)

    And keep doing what you're doing. The ugly phase will pass.

    If you hold the brown stuff between your fingers and it's a almost dusty kinda feel. It's diatoms. Completely normal animal to have right now.
     
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    Is the ugly phase killing my corals though?
     
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    it wont kill your corals
    get yourself a cuc ie........ red leg or blue leg hermits / snails
    they will love you for it :p
     
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    No.
    My first concern is source water quality.
    My second question to trouble shoot the prob Is what light are you using?

    I see only one coral that looks to be in poor health.
     
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    My clowns always want to be in the photos. Lol. My pulsating Zenya was sprouting and this week it hasn't been doing the same.
     
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    My ph is 7.8. Just did a test for it.
     
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    Nice pictures.

    Yea that's all good. It even looks like you've got the slight green precursor to purple corraline alge coming in.

    How's you're flow? I couldn't see the power heads.

    Are you running chemical filterationnlike activated carbon or gfo or purigen?

    How does the brown stuff look up close? Just brown dust ? How's it feel.
     
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    And how long is your light on?
     
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    What are your tank parameters, and light schedule?
     
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    Did you cycle your tank?

    Diatoms alone aren't a problem in a newer tank, but if corals are dying too I lean towards water quality.

    Lastly, from what I've experienced, marineland by itself is better for soft corals only as I've had the same light
     
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    Just brown dust. It is getting better. I have never cleaned the rocks. Probably should.

    I don't have any power heads. My only flow is my canister filter head for the outflow.
     
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    You should look into some powerheads. Corals like , need, and respond to flow.

    The diatoms will fade away on their own.
     
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