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Old 10-25-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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diatom outbreak help

Hae a diatom outbreak.. The tank is new so I a hearing this is normal and it will pass once they use up all the silicates... Question is, can I speed this up by adding more light? The faster they grow the faster it will go away? Or is there a drawback to this idea?
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:56 PM   #3
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:58 PM   #4
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Just wait it out... It'll disappear as soon as it appeared...
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Ok, that didn't answer my question
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:59 PM   #6
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More light will worsen the problem. Do more pwc of 20%, light cycle of 6-7 hrs...
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:00 PM   #7
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Cuc would help out too... Reefcleaners.org...
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:20 PM   #8
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More light will worsen the problem. Do more pwc of 20%, light cycle of 6-7 hrs...
That's another question... Why ginger than normal water changes?

And worsen it how? The theory is, when they use up the silicates then they die off.. Increasing growth will speed up this process and make them use it up faster.. In theory..
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That's another question... Why ginger than normal water changes?

And worsen it how? The theory is, when they use up the silicates then they die off.. Increasing growth will speed up this process and make them use it up faster.. In theory..
I tried that idea when I started. It back fired... In theory, shoulda worked. As soon as I got trates down, they literally disappeared... I'm not a scientist, so really can't explain how, but it did. This is just my experience, others may tell u different. And I normally only do 10% pwc. If ur doing 20%, I'd say do 30%. it's a patients game...
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My nitrates are only 10ppm
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