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Old 04-07-2012, 03:47 AM   #1
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Diatoms

Just got my first diatom bloom.. Brown stuff..

What does that mean tank wise?
Any thing I can do?
Is it a good think?
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:01 AM   #2
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It happens with new tanks. Just need to let it run its course. They'll eventually consume the silicates in your tank and die off as fast as they showed up.
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Exactly what Rick said. Some small inverts will eat them, such as ble legged hermit crabs, but not in great enough quantities to make a difference in how fast they go away on their own.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:50 AM   #5
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My tank is 8 weeks old and I got my bloom about 4 weeks ago. I kept up with my water changes and bought a goby to sift the sand. I did clean the glass often but left the rocks alone. It cleared up after a couple of weeks and now is completely gone. However in its place I now have cynobacteria which looks the same but is red not brown. Will there ever be a time I can look at this tank without having something that needs attention lol.

Hope not as that would be dull for a hobby

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Old 04-08-2012, 10:31 AM   #6
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You just need crabs to walk through it or something to move around in it.
Not a big deal
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