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Old 01-31-2013, 08:08 PM   #11
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That's normal for the diatoms. Its a good sign too. Means the diatoms are eating the silicates and the snails are eating them. It will eventually disappear.
As for the algae, until you have something to light your sump you will have the problem. I got my clip on desk lamp for about $15 from home depot. Don't waste money on some expensive gimmick light when any old light will do. A desk lamp with a normal CFL bulb will do.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:29 PM   #12
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Dumb question .. How does a light in the fuge stop diatoms in the main tank?
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:30 PM   #13
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Sorry. Algae...
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:15 AM   #14
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A light in the fuge with a chaeto ball will consume nitrates very efficiently. It will even outcompete the algae in the main. Leave the lights on 24/7 in the fuge and reduce the lighting in the main until algae is gone. Trim the cheato periodically.
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I would only trim the chaeto when it's totally outgrown the refugium. The larger the algae mass, the more nutrients it will absorb.
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My macro I have now is growing like crazy.. Not sure what it is tho. Kind of looks like minnie Lilly pads.. But as soon as I find a light it's going in the fuge
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Yea. I think that's it!
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It says not used in aquariums... I wonder if those are pointless for what we use them for....
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