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Old 08-23-2006, 08:18 PM   #1
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Diatoms in a 3yr old tank

I have had my tank up for 3yrs, 72gal reef. All peramaters are within the normal range. Using ro/di water. feeding pebble food every other day...sparingly. Once a week or so mysis shrimp.

Battled green hair algae for about 6 months. Finally it subsided, but now I have what I think is a diatom bloom. I get a film of what looks like brown snot all over the glass. It wipes right off with a mag float. Any ideas. tia
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My tank is 9 yrs old and I get a brown dust on the glass every few days that my mag float takes off. It`s just part of reef keeping
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I also get a green brown "dust" algae on the glass that needs to be cleaned every few days. This is normal. I would test for NO3 and PO4 to see where your levels are at. May be time to change the DI resin or membrane in your unit.
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Yep, it is normal. Wish I had a mag float for the house though. Just wipe it across the mess and the whole house would be clean!
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