Originally Posted by tomtom14
Hi everyone. I still have a diatom problem. It just will not die down!
Any idears? I thought it might be that my lights are extremely overpowered? But I'll tell you some background info so you can try and piece together why the problem is still going on.
It's a 630litre system. It has correct params.
I have all dried rock except 5kg of live rock. And live deep sand bed. I have a filter sock, filter wool, 800litre v2 skimmer. The only thing I don't have is carbon but will be getting some soon. Also got a deep sand bed refugium with Cato morpha. In the tank I have a chromis and Duncan coral with clean up crew. I am not over feeding I am literally putting one mouthful of food either brine shrimp, pellet, Mysis in a day. So I personally have no idear why I have so much diatom?
Please help still have a moorish idol waiting for me in the shop. It's so painful going in there and seeing him but knowing my tank isn't ready yet😭 Any comments appreciated.
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When doing your water changes, make sure you are cleaning your filter sock and filter floss. If not maintained properly, they can become 'nitrate sinks' of built up decaying matter.
And daily feeding is simply too much. Just like was already said, I also only feed my reef tank every 3 days.
Even with such methods, my ro
isn't currently usable and I have been stuck using distilled water instead. Due to this water source, I am bringing in nitrates with my top offs and water changes. This is providing me algae growth and a small patch of cyanobacteria in a low flow area.
So, like stated, you have to reduce the amount of nutrients going in and increase the amount being exported...you already have a skimmer running which is one way of assisting. Increased water changes will also export these nutrients as well.
There are two articles linked in my signature that discuss battling algae issues. This is the same as battling cyano
. I would suggest reading them to further assist you with your issue.