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Old 12-03-2012, 01:58 PM   #1
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Diatoms

Hi does anyone know whats best for clearing Diatoms from my aquarium please, i have used Silicate remover JBL SilicatEX but doesnt seem to be doing anyting it has brought my silicate levels down but still have diatoms all over my coral sand
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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Not much to do except waiting and keep doing PWC and vacuuming. How old is your tank?
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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It's now 4 months old and tested all water and finally everything is good
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It could take up to a year for them to clear. Not likely that long. Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates all 0? They could be feeding off silicates from substrate or decor in the aquarium or from your water. What water do you use and are you using sand?
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All levels practically zero got coral sand and using RO water from the local aquatic shop
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I'm assuming live sand from the aquarium shop? It sounds like everything is in check and your doing great. Just need to wait it out and and keep doing pwc. I would think it should clear up within a month.
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Thanks for the advice much appreciated
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You're welcome. Hope it clears up
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Nteal's advice is all spot on, but I'd like to add one thing. Diatoms settle in areas of lower flow. Increasing flow may also help. But they are a natural part of the aging process.
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My 2 conchs live the diatoms. It's kinda neat to see them moving along side by side cleaning up the diatoms
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