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Old 04-23-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Diatoms...AGAIN?

Ok, so I recently removed my year old substrate (big aragonite) and switched to oolite (sugar size grain). Now I have what look to be diatoms. It says silicate free, so I was thinking I could be going through a mini cycle?
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Ok, so I recently removed my year old substrate (big aragonite) and switched to oolite (sugar size grain). Now I have what look to be diatoms. It says silicate free, so I was thinking I could be going through a mini cycle?
Test your perimeters to see if your having a mini cycle asap!
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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Just did a pwc so theres nothing I can really do, everyone seems to be doing fine. I havent checked params in so long. I just do weekly rodi changes of 35%, clean socks and feed every other day. Theres nothing I could do if trates were high lol. Thanks for the help tho!!!!!
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Just did a pwc so theres nothing I can really do, everyone seems to be doing fine. I havent checked params in so long. I just do weekly rodi changes of 35%, clean socks and feed every other day. Theres nothing I could do if trates were high lol. Thanks for the help tho!!!!!
Do you have a kit? If trates are high, you could definitly do more frequent PWC's, and monitor the tank. I would still test IMO
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I would still test IMO too lol. I have an old test......... somewhere. HAHA
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I would still test IMO too lol. I have an old test......... somewhere. HAHA
Hahah! Well maybe the lfs will help ya out
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YA LOLZ. May have to try that haha.
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YA LOLZ. May have to try that haha.
Haha! Well good luck. Are the fish showing signs of stress? How bad is the diatom bloom btw?
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Not alot of diatoms. I do also have a very very thin layer of red slime which i assume is from getting rid of all of that bb in my old sand.
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They eat the silica from your substrate, you add more substrate, they eat the silica from it then die off again.
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