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Old 10-06-2003, 07:08 AM   #1
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Diatoms Problem Help!!!!!

Hi I would like to ask regarding this Diatom Problem.

I have a 3 1/2 month old 75 gallons saltwater aquarium, Just last month Diatoms started to develop once more and like I said its been a month though it looks like its lessening every two days after stirring up the sand diatoms just grow back! I have reduced my lighting hours from 12 to 8 hours. Any advice on what I should do or should I continue to wait it out?

Also because of this I have not added any addtional livestock.

I currently have:

1 Four Spotted Wrasse
3 Hermit Crabs
5 Turbo Snails

Thanks.

I have around 70 lbs of LR
4 inch aragonite sand bed
3 40 watts Actinic Blue Light
3 36 watts Marine glow white
I have a 15 gallon sump which holds my protein skimmer

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10-20
Temp: 80 F

Please help, Thanks Again.
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:25 AM   #2
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To add I use RO water during my weekly 10 - 15 gallon water change.
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Old 10-06-2003, 10:58 AM   #3
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You add a lawnmover blennie and they will eat a lot of the diatoms. Your nitrate is definitly a reason why they are getting out of hand. You might want to buy some macro algea to out compete the diatoms for food.
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why are you stirring your sand bed?
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I stir the sand bed to clear the sand from diatoms, very unsightly
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Old 10-06-2003, 09:38 PM   #6
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I stir the sand bed to clear the sand from diatoms, very unsightly
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