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Old 12-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Diatoms

Are diatoms a good thing or bad in a new reef aquarium? Does them appearing mean anything? and should I try to remove them?
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Old 12-05-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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Are diatoms a good thing or bad in a new reef aquarium? Does them appearing mean anything? and should I try to remove them?
They're good. It's the first step of becoming a healthy tank. Don't remove them, just let them die off. They'll be gone before you know it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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I assume you're cycling?
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:45 AM   #4
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They will use up the silicates in your tank when you have a new tank or if you add new sand to a tank. Once your silicates have been used up they will disappear
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I assume you're cycling?
yeah it's only around three weeks old
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:15 PM   #6
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They're good. It's the first step of becoming a healthy tank. Don't remove them, just let them die off. They'll be gone before you know it.
okay thank you
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They will use up the silicates in your tank when you have a new tank or if you add new sand to a tank. Once your silicates have been used up they will disappear
okay do you know anytime frame when this usually takes place or does it vary between tanks
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Varies between sands and tank sizes etc nothing to worry about though
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:51 PM   #9
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diatoms

I had diatoms when my tank was new. now the diatoms are coming back, i put some new base rock in a month ago and then now im getting diatoms back, i rinsed off the base rock befre putting in tank. sorry didn't mean to snag your thread. just putting my 2 cents out there about this topic. my tank is 8 months old.
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No problem! and a few of the snails in my tank have found the diatom patches and are eating a ton of it
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