So I recently started a saltwater aquarium and everything was going great until brown hair algae took over.
This blog post is basically about my experience. My 60 gallon saltwater aquarium was running for about a month. It currently has 2 clownfish, 1 talbot damselfish and 1 emerald crab. I started to notice brown algae form on my sand and then 2 days later it was all over my live rock, power-heads and heater. I went to my local fish store to ask them if this was normal and what I should do.
They told me to do nothing. That this was part of the cycling process. I was under the impression that my tank was already done cycling. But, they said it will clear up on it’s own in a couple of weeks. They did tell me to buy Purple Up because this chemical promotes coralline algae which eats brown algae.
Currently, the brown algae is still in my tank and I have added Purple Up but haven’t seen any results yet. It has only been about 5 days though so I will continue to monitor.
If anyone has any experience with brown algae please leave a comment below!