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Old 08-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Diatoms

My tank is four weeks old, has live rock, clean up crew, ammonia 0.2, nitrites 0 and nitrates <10ppm. I am getting brown deposits on the glass / back wall which I understand are diatoms. I have been cleaning these off daily as feel they are unsightly (!) but should I be leaving them? The cleaning crew don't seem to touch the glass or back wall.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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Very common in newer tanks ... Unsightly, but harmless to fish. I'd say continue cleaning them up. If you find you still have them a couple of months from now, your PWC source at be rich in silicas diatoms use to produce their shells.
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