why is my sand browning?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Jamess, 28 Dec 2008.

  1. Jamess

    Jamess Member

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    hey i have argos playsand capping tetra plant complete in my rio 180, the sand is in 2 places of high flow going light brown and and sticking together. the sand everywhere else is fine. Is this diatoms?
     
  2. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    sounds like diatoms, how long as the tank been set up??
     
  3. Jamess

    Jamess Member

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    this has been setup since the start of december. Its an upgrade from my old smaller tank
     
  4. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Most likley diatoms then as it is common in new set ups.
     
  5. Jamess

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    cheers mate, how long does it take to go? everytime i siphon the top layer of and add new it comes back.
     
  6. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    3 months max, sometimes sooner.
     
  7. Themuleous

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    Adding a couiple of ottos would clear it up in a matter of days.

    Sam
     

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