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Old 10-16-2015, 04:27 PM   #1
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Diatoms!

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So had a diatom bloom about 2 months into the cycle at the start of the year. Thought I'd top some sand up and replaced some old powdery stuff with new aragonite 2 weeks ago and boom huge diatom bloom again. I rinsed the dry sand before adding it.... Will rowaphos help remove it? I'll get a silicate test tomorrow. Any advise to get rid of the brown stringy stuff I'm all ears.


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Old 10-16-2015, 04:29 PM   #2
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Adding to that the bloom died off after about a month last time but damaged by Xenia in the process.


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Do you use chaeto or a macro alage to export nutrients? Also new Sand will add more nutrients for the diatoms to feed off of even if you washed it well


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I have cheato, and keep blowing it off the corals and rocks fishing out the big stringy bits


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I would just keep at it then. My diatoms lasted for awhile then the cyano took over and that went away when I got rid of my cheap carbon and siphoned out all the cyano I could


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Diatoms are all silicate based. They are there from the new sand. They will burn out once the silicates are gone. Nothing you do will change that and testing for it is a waste of time and money. It is all patience.


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Doesn't rowaphos remove silicates though? I'm guessing there isn't a product to break it down to make it easier to skim out? The stringy bits are a nightmare to get off corals


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You say stringy you sure it's not dinoflagellate if it has an air bubble at the top of the string
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Purigen will help remove silicates from the water.


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Yeah its definitely diatoms, brown on the sand and once it's ready it breaks off in long stringy bits. I'll upload a pic later


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