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Old 11-18-2012, 11:00 PM   #1
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huge diatom bloom

Hey all just got home from work today. Yesterday I noticed a slight diatom bloom on the sand just a tad bit of brown color but thought it was debree since I added more live rock and stirred up the tank a little. I get home from work just now and its gross! on the lower part of the glass on some of the rock and all over the sand bed even on the top of my circulation pumps. I have a yellow tang and 2 clowns. cleaner shrimp, sand sifting star fish, and a peppermint shrimp. 2 snails, 1 of them is a turbo who just stays on the glass. What should I do, I assume a water change but don't have that much water around since im still waiting for the guy/lady to send me my ro/di machine i bought on e-bay.

1. will this go away
2. i didnt get a chance to check my params i just walked in the door
3. will it harm my fish

thank you in advance. picture to follow.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:12 PM   #2
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Hey all just got home from work today. Yesterday I noticed a slight diatom bloom on the sand just a tad bit of brown color but thought it was debree since I added more live rock and stirred up the tank a little. I get home from work just now and its gross! on the lower part of the glass on some of the rock and all over the sand bed even on the top of my circulation pumps. I have a yellow tang and 2 clowns. cleaner shrimp, sand sifting star fish, and a peppermint shrimp. 2 snails, 1 of them is a turbo who just stays on the glass. What should I do, I assume a water change but don't have that much water around since im still waiting for the guy/lady to send me my ro/di machine i bought on e-bay.

1. will this go away
2. i didnt get a chance to check my params i just walked in the door
3. will it harm my fish

thank you in advance. picture to follow.
Not harmful just ugly lol itll go away once silicates are consumed
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:26 PM   #3
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Thank you so much, what a relief. I thought I was going to have to send my gf to the store (petco) to buy water to do a change quick tomorrow while im waiting for my ro/di machine to come. I remember vaguely when i had my 10g set up after it was all settled in and after it was fully cycled and maturing it happened too but i forgot what the input was on this. Its alot worse on my 55g lol. Thanks again. Here's some pictures anyway of my tank.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:36 PM   #5
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A conch will likely help clean it up too, some of them eat diatoms. I know I'm always touting conchs, but I just love mine! My sand always looks good.
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A conch will likely help clean it up too, some of them eat diatoms. I know I'm always touting conchs, but I just love mine! My sand always looks good.
I saw a conch at petco for 5 dollars!
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Thats not even bad youll be fine save your gf a trip just stick to scheduled water changes
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:58 PM   #8
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Thats not even bad youll be fine save your gf a trip just stick to scheduled water changes
It looks a lot worse in person, the pictures don't do justice. I was actually looking at a conch today it was like $5 on reefs2go.com but there were 2 differnt types. One was a queen conch and one was a fighting conch. Which do you have?
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It looks a lot worse in person, the pictures don't do justice. I was actually looking at a conch today it was like $5 on reefs2go.com but there were 2 differnt types. One was a queen conch and one was a fighting conch. Which do you have?
Ive never used conch i use tongan nass i have 35 in my 55g their 2$\each around here
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A conch will likely help clean it up too, some of them eat diatoms. I know I'm always touting conchs, but I just love mine! My sand always looks good.
what type do you have? I saw some today I was looking them up on reefs2go there were like 5 bucks and had a fighting conch or a queen conch i think? I dont want them to plow through my rocks though since I have them laying on top of eachother that's the only thing I was worried about.
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