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Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

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So, my tank is about 2 months old. Ammonia and nitrite have been 0 for the past month or so. Nitrates have been between 0- 5ppm. Phosphate has read at 0 with salifert test kit. I've been dealing with this stuff for the past week or 2. Not really sure what it is. Had some reddish/purplish spots about the size of a nickel, I blasted/scrubbed some of it off. Astrea snails did most of the work of cleaning the rocks off and keeping them somewhat clean.  My main problem as of now is the sand bed and the bubbles that form on the LR as well as sand bed. Sort of "hairy" in some spots but mostly more of a "film" with bubbles on top that dislodge easily. Would like some help with identifying what this is so I can appropriately deal with it as need be. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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This is what it looked like before the snails got to it, as well as the Turkey baster and tooth brush...

 

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Looks like dinos. Seems to disappear as your tank matures. More frequent gravel filtering sandbed when doing water changes, blasting the detritus off the aquascape, and more flow usually helps clear it up faster.

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19 minutes ago, Joevember said:

Looks like dinos. Seems to disappear as your tank matures. More frequent gravel filtering sandbed when doing water changes, blasting the detritus off the aquascape, and more flow usually helps clear it up faster.

Thanks for the quick reply! I sure hope it's not dinos. I've actually been blasting the rocks with Turkey baster almost every day to get it filtered out. Also, gravel vac'd the sand bed pretty good the past few water changes. Just comes back on the sand the next day. It also does not disappear over night. It doesnt grow in strands or webs. If anything, it's more of a rusty looking film with bubbles gently sitting on top.

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Looks like diatoms to me.. give it a few weeks once it eats up the silcates it will go away. Part of a new tank .. no biggie..happy reefing

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2 minutes ago, Weikel said:

Looks like diatoms to me.. give it a few weeks once it eats up the silcates it will go away. Part of a new tank .. no biggie..happy reefing

Thank you! I'm really hoping it is in fact diatoms but don't want to rule the others out until I know forsure. 

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My bad, I meant diatoms, not dinos. Dinos are more stringy and have trapped gas bubbles. Sorry for the confusion, you have nothing to worry about.

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2 minutes ago, Joevember said:

My bad, I meant diatoms, not dinos. Dinos are more stringy and have trapped gas bubbles. Sorry for the confusion, you have nothing to worry about.

Ya know you probably gave the guy a heart attack, that's why posted lmaooooo 😂😂

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Lol it's funny that you said that @Weikel because I think I did have a mini heart attack when I read that reply 🤣 hopefully I get some more input on the topic just to get some more opinions.

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Your reef tank is beautiful! Count your blessings its only diatoms! My tank (15 gallon) is also two months old (yes i'm also a newbie) and I got hit by both cyano and diatoms. I only have one coral in there right now.....I think the guy called it a devils finger or was it hand leather. Those stinkers are tough as nails! I had a huge ammonia spike and it battened down the hatches and rode through it unscathed and now its riding through the nitrites but it seems to like them which is super weird because I thought nitrites were bad and it got it polyps extended and is growing super fast. I am due for a big water change. Any thought on why though? I mean why my leather coral is growing faster with nitrites? Last I checked my nitrates it was around 40 ppm.

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On 1/9/2019 at 2:44 PM, jcrisman2009 said:

Your reef tank is beautiful! Count your blessings its only diatoms! My tank (15 gallon) is also two months old (yes i'm also a newbie) and I got hit by both cyano and diatoms. I only have one coral in there right now.....I think the guy called it a devils finger or was it hand leather. Those stinkers are tough as nails! I had a huge ammonia spike and it battened down the hatches and rode through it unscathed and now its riding through the nitrites but it seems to like them which is super weird because I thought nitrites were bad and it got it polyps extended and is growing super fast. I am due for a big water change. Any thought on why though? I mean why my leather coral is growing faster with nitrites? Last I checked my nitrates it was around 40 ppm.

Thank you. I'm still battling this issue. I am starting to think cyano has set in. The rocks are pretty much clear of algae now other than some green algae that does not come off and the start of some corraline. The sand bed just keeps getting covered in brownish-reddish film. I used the gravel vac on all of the substrate about 5 days ago, looked good for almost 2 days but it just comes back. 

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If your tank is only 13 gallons, I would have waited longer than two months to add 3 fish. It takes a while to increase the tank's bioload capacity. I would suggest being more stingy with your feeding to stop fueling the algae in the tank.

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13 minutes ago, Joevember said:

If your tank is only 13 gallons, I would have waited longer than two months to add 3 fish. It takes a while to increase the tank's bioload capacity. I would suggest being more stingy with your feeding to stop fueling the algae in the tank.

Well, I'd say you're probably right but I didn't. So I now I'm trying to get it straightened out. I feed the fish some pellets every other day as well as feed the lps some mysis. All food is either eaten or removed. 

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