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Old 05-12-2009, 12:51 AM   #1
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argh..diatoms.

Since my upgrade from a 65 to 90 gallon tank, and the addition of 30lbs LR, I'm starting to experience a diatom bloom. I haven't seen that in a while..hopefully they go away soon. I'm guessing the tank is going through a little cycle, I'm wondering if I should keep up with the PWC's (I've always done about 15% a week) or would that slow it down?
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Old 05-12-2009, 01:00 AM   #2
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My diatoms bloom has gone away with time (2 weeks?). It was never to horrible, and there is still little traces there. However I couldn't see it being a long term issue.
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I would continue with the PWC to help keep everything else in check and to reduce any stray nitrates.
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I would continue with the PWC to help keep everything else in check and to reduce any stray nitrates.
+1 No need to stress the fish anymore than required.
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Diatoms will feed off of silicates and light. If you added new sand, PWCs probably won't help all that much, they will just have to burn themselves out.
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Yeah, I figured as much, I"ll just keep up w/ my regular maintenance, and wait it out.
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Negative, all my water is RO/DI'ed water from LFS. I've tested this water and I've always used this when performing pwc's and top offs.
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