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Old 01-06-2005, 09:56 PM   #1
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detritus, diatoms, and holes in my sand

so right now i have a 29 gallon reef tank, with two pieces of lr, 65 lbs of ls and an amiracle mudd filter with a few caulerpa strands. the lr was added about a week ago.

I was just wondering if detritus is visible or not. Also i have had this set up since mid november and have been dealing with massive amounts of diatoms for quite some time now, is there any way to eliminate it for good besides letting it take its course and scraping what i can off the glass, plus theres all the stuff all over my sand that i just want to get rid off since its hideous.

about the holes in my sand they are all very small and have only appeared since last night...they are spread out from top to bottom of the bed but mostly near the top inch or so, any ideas of what would cause this? the liverock was from the lfs and didnt seem to have much life, but did have a nice amount of coralline on it.

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Diatoms are a natural occurence of a cycling tank. As you get more life and bacteria in there, it will go away on it's own, in a matter of days usually. Just give it time.

The stuff on your sand can be gotten rid of via a HOB filter and powerhead...if you don't have any sort of filtration yet.
Hermits also will keep a bit of control on detritus as well as keeping the sand bed stirred up a little bit.

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Mexican Turbo snails cleared my diatoms problem in ONE day . I don't know what they're going to eat in now though .
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