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Old 03-31-2005, 08:18 PM   #1
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Diatons

Is there any way to eliminate them quickly... Tank has cycled, but still have em..Thanks
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:38 PM   #2
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cycled how long? still have diatom for how long?
It will/should go away on it own.. Hav you added a clean up crew yet?
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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This tank has been set up for 3 months. Diatons for last month roughtly, comes and goes .But never really leaves Cut back on lighting too.
I have snails and Blue legged crabs and an Emerald crab.
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12 Lbs LS on top of reg sand
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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What was your source water? Salt? Feeding? There's something feeding them or they would have burned out by now. Silicates feed diatoms, right? What kind of sand did you use? What are all of your parameters and did you do a 30% water change at the end of your cycle?
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:24 PM   #5
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You may also want to either buy a test kit or have your LFS test your water for silicates. If they are high that could be why you are having trouble with diatoms. Almost every new tank has a short cycle of diatoms but they are generally gone within a couple of weeks. HTH, Skip
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Old 03-31-2005, 10:50 PM   #6
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Thanks guys

I have to get a r/o unit.. I use well water now run through a two stage filter for Sed. and Metals , Cysts. I have had the water tested and silicates are'nt high. I just got the Fuge set up,maybe that will help also.
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Dont stop at the RO be sure to get the DI stage filtration as well. I believe that stage is the one that will remove the silicates.
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Get a UV sterilizer! A sterilizer kills all single celled algea's.............Diatoms = single cells. It may be costly but you can find coralife turbo-twists all over the net for some good deals. It also keeps your water crystal clear and helps with the outbreak of some forms of diseases!

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Get a ro/di before getting any UV light.....
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Old 04-04-2005, 08:18 PM   #10
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