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Old 09-14-2019, 05:35 PM   #1
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Dust and diatoms

Hi everyone! I have two questions:

1. Iíve been noticing what looks like a small layer of dust/film/small particles on the surface of my tank, even after water changes and with a filter creating surface agitation. Any ideas as to what could cause this? Any suggestions to get rid of it or prevent it?

2. Iíve been having a diatom problem in my tank for a while now. Overfeeding is not an issue; donít have any live plants; there is natural light in the room; and levels of nitrates and phosphates are normal. What could be causing this? How can I get rid of it (I know snails are commonly suggested but I donít have the means to get and keep a snail right now)? What would happen if I just let it run its course?

Thanks so much for your help!
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Phosbond will remove silicate
https://www.seachem.com/phosbond.php

If you can go get or order Seachem Purigen pouch it will likely help with that. I saw another product which new to me called Renew.

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Old 09-17-2019, 06:44 PM   #3
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Thank you for the suggestion! Have you used Phosbond before? If so, for how long? Iím assuming it doesnít affect fish?

What are your thoughts on Phosguard?
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I have used it 2 times - 3 tanks.

Over the years, because it was quickly available at the lfs, I have used Phosguard lots of times.

In reading found Phosbond was more appropriately targeted for removing diotoms so I have used this for my SW tanks especially.

Never seen a hint of issue with fish or inverts.
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Purigen is something I use in general for tanks, which can be exhausted and recharges and reused,

Phosguard and Phosbond will work until exhausted and then is used up and isn't rechargable.

I used these to start up 2 new tanks and 1 established tank which I thought I would try it out on for organics.
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Thanks for the info!! Will be buying those products
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