Originally Posted by Readingexcalibur
First of all, don't sell yourself short. I haven't heard a dumb question on the board yet, just dumb statements. Lol.
You don't water change to get rid of the particles, you water change to get rid of chemical and bi-product (nitrates, ect). Hairline and diatom are inevitable if the water you are changing with contains silica and phosphates. Diatom may eventually go away on its own if it is eating the remaining silica. I change at least 20% weekly in my jbj nano.
+ 1 for no dumb questions !
Since you have some CUC ( clean up crew ) a water change is only needed right now if the ammonia spikes, if you have particles floating around u can use a fine net to clean it out . Once the tank stabilizes the diatoms will go away and your turbo will munch on that until it dose.
For the cycling process the WC
is used to help control the ammonia and nitrites , since both of these are needed to establish a biological filter , you do want it in the tank , but with levels that are not excessive . Once the biological filter is established then ammonia and nitrites should both be 0 and you should only see nitrates , at that point do a WC
to drop nitrates as low as you can and your ready to start adding fish ( slowly ) since each fish adds to the biological load in the tank and your biological filter will need time to handle the additional bio load , rule of thumb is 1-2 fish a week , any more than that and you want to keep some " ammo- lock " on hand incase of a ammonia spike.
Also as reading said if your source water contains silica and phosphates then you will get hair algae and diatoms ( also mostly like pineapple sponges ) I don't get diatoms anymore since I have sponges eating up silicates , but soon I need a lawnmower blenny for my hair algae.