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Old 06-01-2010, 01:04 PM   #11
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I have not tested for silicates. I need to get a test. I just assumed it to be silicates since the crap looks a lot like diatoms to me. Nitrates and phosphates are zero, and very well could be, since I am growing a large mass of chaeto and running clearmax while having zero other algae occurances.

If it wasnt for that dusty junk and the scratches all over the acrylic, my tank would look flawless. Very sterile.

Since you have the stuff too, and your tank IS flawless, any idea what is feeding it? Could it be lighting periods as well? I cut back my light by 2 hours (8hours now) and am going for a blue tank. Doesnt algae like the yellow end of the spectrum rather than blue?

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My tank if far from flawless. Scraping the glass of algea is a weekly maintenance item. If I didn't scrape the glass you would not be able to see the livestock through the coralline and alagae growth.
I use the magnet to do light cleanings between the pwc time scraping.
Are you not cleaning the glass regularly?
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I clean the glass each day with a mag-float and then clean the "edges" once a week with a plastic blade. (Areas the mag-float cant clean due to curvature).

I guess I didnt realize this "stuff" is normal? I just see it growing near my acros since they are in a very high flow, turbulent spot in my tank and I freak out. (reading how sensitive acros are to algae growing on them).

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I thought GFO bound up silicates also.
it does

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-11/rhf/index.php
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