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Old 03-30-2014, 02:58 AM   #21
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Yea I had that really bad for about a week or 2 and now it's gone
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:59 AM   #22
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you don't always see a diatom bloom after the cycles over on alot of my tanks i didn't
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you don't always see a diatom bloom after the cycles over on alot of my tanks i didn't

+1. Diatoms have nothing to do with your cycle. Op how did you cycle the tank and how high did your levels spike? Frankie was right on the fact that you shouldn't add any thing to the tank until you get your params in check (algae issues). Id suggest you start doing some large wc's using ro/di water. No point in adding more nutrients when you can't handle what's already in there
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Did you have your lights on during the cycle. You really shouldn't that way algae is less likely to grow and you simply see a large spike on nitrates.

As for diatoms, those are a different bacteria that consume silicates and are not a indicator of cycle progress. They do usually come in newly cycled tanks however as those have more silicates.
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