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    Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

    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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    Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

    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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    Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

    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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    Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

    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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    Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

    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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    Diatoms, cyano, or dreaded dinos??

    This is what it looked like before the snails got to it, as well as the Turkey baster and tooth brush...
  7. 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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    Mike's Fluval 13.5 Build

    Thanks guys. Quick question about diatoms, @Christopher Marks, or anyone else that could help... when diatoms are present, do air bubbles form on the rocks? Cant help but wonder if it is diatoms, cyano, or dino? The brown on the rocks seem to be sort of "powdery" but there is also some red in spots which leads me to believe that it is cyano. But still dont want to rule out dinos until I have a positive i.d. There is not any strands leading to bubbles on the tips, bubbles are directly on rocks and blow off easily with Turkey baster. But on a couple snails that I have, there is a hairy brownish algae growing on their shell, and also some "hair" in-between the main split on my hammer. Also some bubbles on the stalk but no strands connected to bubbles. There are also no bubbles on the red spots. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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    Mike's Fluval 13.5 Build

    Hello, I just got back into the hobby about 2 months ago. Ended up just getting a Fluval 13.5. Still pretty new to everything. Only had my last tank for a year before I had to get rid of it due to work. Everything seems to be doing good so far. All coral seem to be showing decent color and polyp extension. Water parameter are as follows:Nitrate 5(api)Phosphate 0(undetectable on salifert test kit)Calcium 420(salifert)Alk 8(salifert)Mag 1280(salifert)Current Equipment list:AI prime HDSmart ATO microIntank chamber 1 media basket with filter floss and chemi-pure blue(removed sponge from chamber 2)Finnex hang on refugium with chaeto2x koralia nanoHydor centrifical return pumpLivestock:1 premium snowflake clown 1 regular clownRoyal gramma5 blue leg hermits3 snails(forget what they actually are)Bicolor hammer(12 heads as of now)Purple/green acanBirds nestSmall colony of zoosNeon geen tree (Don't mind the dirty sand bed, it's a work in progress lol)
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    Fluval Evo 13.5 Owners Thread

    How are the 2 primes working out for you? Currently running one, thinking about getting a second one.
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    Fluval Evo 13.5 Owners Thread

    Here's my 2 month old 13.5. Going to be mainly LPS dominant with maybe one or two SPS. Pretty plain Jane right now, but want to give it time to make sure params are stable. Equipment list: -evo 13.5 -AI prime hd -Auto aqua smart ato -intank chamber 1 media basket(floss, CPB, purigen) -Hydor 300gph return pump -Jebao ow-10 wavemaker
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