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 #6873  by zlatan2601
 03 Mar 2019 16:30
Hi,my tank (6 weeks hold) shows soe brown coloration at one side, more specifically the side looking at the window (indirect sunlight).

Some pictures of the coral substrate somewhere else (original color):
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Picture of the window side of the tank with the brown coloration:
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Is this normal? Is this coloration of the coral substrate or are these algae?

Fyi i bought this coral substrate:
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It's not as beautiful as the original white but I don't mind if it is normal:). Or should I be worried? Shrimps are behaving normal, some are very red, some are pale. They don't swim a lot but sometimes they do and i see them frequently eating algae present in the tank..
 #6882  by odin
 04 Mar 2019 19:30
Yup just another post relaying what @Algae In Space has said, very normal and is part of the cycling process. If you think your shrimp are happy now wait till its fully cycled (which wont be far away).
 #6884  by zlatan2601
 04 Mar 2019 19:42
Hmm, guess i will need more shrimps or my glass will get covered with algae :nerner:
Hope they start breeding soon :smile:
 #6885  by odin
 04 Mar 2019 19:43
Get a few horned nerite snails for your tank, they will eat up the algae and wont breed.
 #6886  by zlatan2601
 04 Mar 2019 20:20
Yes but they lay eggs everywhere don't they? I don't like that... And will they leave the water? My tank isn't closed on the top...
 #7020  by zlatan2601
 04 Apr 2019 23:37
Update, the brown algae (diatoms) are taking over the tank. Mainly the lime stone rock and the white coral, but also the glass walls. Is this still normal? Tank is 2.5 months old now. Shrimp seem to be ok, but each time i clean the glass walls they are disturbed and i dont see thel for days.

This brown algae seems to form a film, also covering some of the green algae i received from a friend... Doesnt look nice at all. Will it disappear by itself, or are snails really needed?

Fyi i have a 30 liter tank with 10-15 shrimp. Salinity is 1.012, pH around 7

Edit: the film also traps a lot of air bubbles, also big air bubbles. The film covers white coral and lime stone, and later the glass, but does not cover the lava rock at all...