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Old 02-01-2005, 03:52 PM   #11
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Diatoms are caused by silicates in the water. As stated above it is a normal process and will burn itself out over time. I added some red leg reef hermits and turbo snails upon completing my cycle. They made quick work of the diatoms and I havenot seen any buildup since. If you are still in the cycle you can scrape the glass but they will be back quickly.
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Snails are good algea cleaners, but they don't eat the algea as fast as a molly can. I used a molly to clean up algea in my SW and FW tanks when needed. Very good results.
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I don't have any on the glass. It's on all my rock and dead coral pieces.

A side note: I had a little anemone that looked like a lttle flower with a green/blue light in the middle. About the size of a quarter. Today, it's gone! What could have happened to the little guy?
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Old 02-02-2005, 12:25 AM   #14
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your little anemone is probably Aptasia, which is a pest. Anemone's are able to move about the tank when they see fit, so it is still in there, and just dying to multiply 20 times, it's best to use joes juice or kalk to rid these little devils.
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